Evelyn Aswad


Professor of Law
Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law
BSFS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1992
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1995

Evelyn Aswad is a Professor of Law and the Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law.  She teaches courses in International Human Rights Law, International Law Foundations, International Business Transactions, and an Arab Spring seminar.  Her current research interests focus on the fundamental freedoms of expression, religion, and assembly.  Ms. Aswad serves on the Advisory Committee on International Law to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser.  She has also been appointed to serve as the U.S. substitute member on the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (better known as the “Venice Commission”), which issues opinions on a variety of international human rights, constitutional justice and rule of law matters to governments as well as international organizations. 

Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Aswad served for about 14 years as an attorney in the Legal Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as the head of the Office of Human Rights and Refugees.  In previous legal positions at the State Department, she worked on non-proliferation as well as employment law matters.  She also taught international human rights law and multilateral negotiations to U.S. diplomats at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  She taught international courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service as well as its Law Center.  Prior to joining the State Department, she worked at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter and clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

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