Steve Charnovitz teaches at George Washington University Law School and writes on international trade, international law, U.S. foreign relations law, and environmental sustainability.

Steve Charnovitz hails from Savannah, Georgia. He received a B.A. from Yale College, a J.D. from the Yale Law School, and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2004, he practiced law for six years at the firm now known as Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C.

From 1995 to 1999, he was Director of the Global Environment & Trade Study (GETS) located at Yale University.

From 1991 to 1995, he was Policy Director of the Competitiveness Policy Council. The Council issued four reports to the U.S. Congress and President.

From 1987 to 1991, he was a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Wright and Foley).

Early in his career, he was an analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor where his assignments included investigating foreign labor conditions, trade adjustment assistance, and technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Professor Charnovitz serves or has served on the Editorial Boards of the World Trade Review, Cosmopolis. A Review of Cosmopolitics, the Journal of Environment & Development, the American Journal of International Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. He is also Parliamentarian of the GWU Faculty Senate.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of three books and over 200 articles, essays, or book reviews.

He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

He blogs at International Economic Law and Policy Blog.

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  • International Trade
  • International Labor Law
  • International Law
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law
  • Environmental Sustainability
International Economic Law and Policy Blog