Professor Elena Baylis is an expert in post-conflict justice. Her research focuses on the intersections between international criminal law and rule of law initiatives and on the role of transnational networks. She has studied the interactions between international, national, and sub-national institutions and communities in several post-conflict states, including Kosovo, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Professor Baylis’s most recent articles are based on a study of the group she has dubbed the “post-conflict justice junkies” as well as the broader set of international attorneys, human rights officers, and consultants who undertake post-conflict justice work on behalf of the international community.
Professor Baylis also studies U.S. law and policy issues. As in the international context, her domestic research concerns the points of engagement between international, national and state institutions and communities. She is currently writing a paper on the nondefense of marriage laws by state attorneys general. She has also published several articles on U.S. national security, immigration, and education policy.
Professor Baylis is the Director of the Semester in DC Program. Her courses leverage our Washington, DC office by involving Washington-based practitioners to discuss law-and policy-making processes and to mentor participating students. Professor Baylis’s teaching combines elements of experiential learning with on-line and distance learning technologies and in-class simulations and exercises.
Education JD, Yale Law SchoolBA, University of Oregon