We are delighted to have Melissa Waters join us as a guest blogger over the next several weeks. Melissa is a law professor at Washington & Lee Law School, where she teaches international law, foreign relations law, civil procedure, and conflicts of law. She received both her J.D. and her B.A. from Yale University, and did graduate work at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Waters was a law clerk to Judge Morris S. Arnold on the Eighth Circuit, and a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC.
From 2000-2001, she worked at the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor to Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor. She also served as a consultant to the Soros Foundation Open Society Institute, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve Law School.
Her current research focuses on the role of domestic courts as mediators between the domestic and international legal regimes, and on the impact of transnational judicial dialogue on the development of international legal norms. She also consults on human rights training and rule of law programs worldwide, focusing most recently on human rights training programs for judges from Iraq and from Central Asia.
Her recent publications include: Mediating Norms and Identity: The Role of Transnational Judicial Dialogue in Creating and Enforcing International Law, 93 Georgetown Law Journal 487 (2005); Justice Scalia on the Use of Foreign Law in Constitutional Interpretation: Undirectional Monologue or Co-Constructive Dialogue, 12 Tulsa J. Comp. & Int’l L. 149 (2004) (symposium); Common Law Courts in an Age of Equity Procedure: Redefining Appellate Review for the Mass Tort Era, 80 N.C. L. Rev. 527 (2002).