Professor José E. Alvarez

New York University

Professor Alvarez, currently the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University Law School, was previously the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School.  He served as President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) from 2006-2008 and is now the co-editor in chief of the American Journal of International Law. His books include The Public International Law Regime Governing International Investment (2011) (arising from his short course at the Hague Academy of International Law) and The Impact of International Organizations on International Law (2016) (arising from the general course given at the Xiamen Academy of International Law). His edited book on The American Contribution to International Investment Law will be published by Brill in 2017. He has published, in addition, other books on international investment and international organizations, along with more than 100 articles on a number of topics.

Prior to entering academia on a full time basis in 1989, Professor Alvarez was an attorney adviser with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State where he worked on cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, served on the negotiation teams for bilateral investment treaties and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and was the legal adviser to the administration of justice program in Latin America coordinated by the Agency of International Development. Educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, Professor Alvarez has also been in private practice and was a judicial clerk to the late Hon. Thomas Gibbs Gee of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has delivered a number of endowed lectures at universities in the United States and abroad.

Professor Alvarez’s activities outside of academe include memberships in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institut de Droit International. His pro bono activities include service on the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law, the board of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and as special adviser on public international law to the International Criminal Court’s first prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo. For a fuller biography, access to publications and a full curriculum vitae, see his faculty profile at NYU School of Law at