University of Pittsburgh

Elena A. Baylis

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Baylis studies the interactions between international, national, and sub-national legal institutions and communities. In an ongoing series of articles, she has explored the international legal community’s interventions in post-conflict states, focusing on the roles of transnational networks and of national and parallel courts. Professor Baylis has also written several articles on U.S. national security issues and on conflict resolution mechanisms aimed at addressing the concerns of minority groups. Presently, Professor Baylis is carrying out a qualitative empirical study of the attorneys, human right officers, and others who undertake post-conflict justice work on behalf of the international community.  


  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, University of Oregon
  • Links

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  • Selected Publications


    • National Security and Political Asylum, Immigration, Integration and Security: America and Europe in Comparative Perspective (A.C. d'Appollonia & S. Reich eds., 2008).
    • The Inevitable Impunity of Suicide Terrorists, Evil, Law and The State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence (J. Parry ed., 2006).

    Scholarly Articles

    Essays and Other Writing

    • The Transformative Potential of Rigorous Empirical Research, ASIL Proceedings of the 104th Annual Meeting (2010).
    • Response to Professor Melish, 34 Yale Journal of International Law (Online Symposium, Oct. 21, 2009).
    • Should God and Caesar Litigate?, 8 Green Bag 144 (2005) (book review).
    • Why the International Criminal Court Needs Darfur, Jurist Legal News (June 3, 2005) (commentary).
    • Justice Isn't Just for Saddam, The Contra Costa Times (Jan. 4, 2004) (op-ed).
    • Constructing Credibility, 6 Green Bag 399 (2003) (interview).
    • Simple Justice: Judicial Philosophy in the Kingdom of Bhutan, 6 Green Bag 131 (2003) (with D. Munro).


    • Presenter, “Justice Junkies on the Move,” 2011 Faculty Colloquium on International Law and Theory, Whitney R. Harris World Institute, Washington Univ. School of Law, (Nov. 2011).
    • Presenter, “Justice Junkies on the Move,” Inaugural American Society of International Law Research Forum, (Nov. 2011).
    • Speaker, Book Roundtable: Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Scholarship, Nico Krisch, “Beyond Constitutionalism,” American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, (March 2012).
    • Moderator, “Looking to the Future: The Impact and Legacy of the SCSL,” International Conference: Assessing the Contributions and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to Africa and International Criminal Justice, (April 2012).

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    Selected Professional Activities

    • Member, Brother’s Brother Foundation Advisory Trustee, Education Committee and Advisory Board.
    • Presented Reassessing the Role of International Criminal Law, at the Northeast Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in October 2008.
    • Panelist, International Criminal Law panel, International Law Weekend, organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association in October 2008.
    • Organized an interdisciplinary roundtable at Pitt on Methods in International Law, featuring an impressive lineup of legal scholars and anthropologists, in September 2008.

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