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Jean Galbraith

Professor of Law

Jean Galbraith

Jean Galbraith teaches and writes about public international law and U.S. foreign relations law.
Her research focuses on the structure of international legal institutions, especially treaty regimes,
and the connections between these institutions and U.S. domestic law. Prior to joining the Penn
faculty, Galbraith was an Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers-Camden. Continue reading…


  • Separation of Powers
  • International Law
  • International Institutions
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts

Articles and Book Chapters

Rejoining Treaties, 106 VA. L. REV. __ (2020) (forthcoming)

Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law, 112 AM. J. INT'L L. __ (2018); 113 AM. J. INT'L L. __ (2019) (eight issues available at the link).

From Treaties to International Commitments: The Changing Landscape of Foreign Relations Law, 84 U. CHI. L. REV. 1675 (2017)

Cooperative and Uncooperative Foreign Affairs Federalism, 130 HARV. L. REV. 2131 (2017) (book review)

Making Treaty Implementation More Like Statutory Implementation, 114 MICH. L. REV. 1309 (2017)

Presidential War Powers as an Interactive Dynamic: International Law, Domestic Law, and Practice-Based Legal Change, 92 N.Y.U. L. REV. 689 (2016) (with Curtis Bradley)

What Should Restatement (Fourth) Say About Treaty Interpretation?, 2015 BYU L. REV. 1499 (symposium article)

Ending Security Council Resolutions 109 AM. J. INT'L L. 809 (2015) (comment)

Congress's Treaty-Implementing Power in Historical Practice, 56 WM. & MARY L. REV. 59 (2014)

Soft Law as Foreign Relations Law, 99 CORNELL L. REV. 735 (2014) (with David Zaring)

International Law and the Domestic Separation of Powers, 99 VA. L. REV. 987 (2013)

Treaty Options: Towards a Behavioral Understanding of Treaty Design, 53 VA. J. INT'L L. 309 (2013)

Prospective Advice and Consent, 37 YALE J. INT'L L. 247 (2012)

The Ethic of High Expectations, 62 S.C. L. REV. 439 (2010) (awarded the Warren E. Burger Prize by the American Inns of Court)

The Pace of International Criminal Justice, 31 MICH. J. INT’L L. 79 (2009)

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Public International Law
  • Treaties


Rutgers School of Law (Camden) - Assistant Professor (2013-14)

Penn Law - Sharswood Fellow (2010-12)

Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin - Associate (2008-10)

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia - Associate Legal Officer for Judge Theodor Meron (2006-07)

Supreme Court of the United States - Law Clerk to Justice Stevens (2005-06)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit - Law Clerk to Judge Tatel (2004-05)


  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Contracts

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