Professor Elena Baylis is an expert in post-conflict justice. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between international criminal law and rule of law initiatives, the role of transnational networks, and the interactions between international, national, and sub-national institutions and communities. Her current research concerns donor support for funding transitional justice and the relationships between hybrid courts and national justice systems. She has conducted field research and worked on legal education/rule of law initiatives in several post-conflict states, including Kosovo, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her research has been commissioned by the International Center for Transitional Justice and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
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 local actors. She has published papers on U.S. national security, immigration, and education policy, as well as on the marriage equality litigation.
Professor Baylis has a joint appointment with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and is the Director of the Semester in DC Program, in which she teaches Law and GSPIA students. 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.
Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Baylis taught at Mekelle University Law Faculty in Ethiopia as a Visiting Assistant Professor from the University of Alabama Law School. She also practiced civil litigation and advised clients on foreign policy matters with Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. and clerked for Judge Mariana Pfalezer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Professor Baylis is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best paper on international human rights. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Oregon Honors College.
Scholarly Articles and Essays
- The Persuasive Authority of Internationalized Criminal Tribunals, American University International Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (invited symposium article).
- What Internationals Know: Improving the Effectiveness of Post-Conflict Justice Initiatives, 14 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 243 (2015) (preliminary paper competitively selected for American Society of International Law Research Forum), https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700832.
- Declining Controversial Cases: How Marriage Equality Changed the Paradigm, 2015 New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy Quorum 110 (2015), https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700897.
- Function and Dysfunction in Post-Conflict Justice Networks and Communities, 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 625 (2014), https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345394.
- Outsourcing Investigations, 14 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 121 (2009) (invited symposium article).
- Reassessing the Role of International Criminal Law: Rebuilding National Courts Through Transnational Networks, 50 Boston College Law Review 1 (2009), https://ssrn.com/abstract=1105244
- Tribunal-Hopping with the Post-Conflict Justice Junkies, 10 Oregon Review of International Law 361 (2008).
- Parallel Courts in Post-Conflict Kosovo, 32 Yale Journal of International Law 1 (2007), (competitively selected for American Society of Comparative Law Work in Progress Workshop), https://ssrn.com/abstract=956368.
- Sending the Bureaucrats to War, 92 Iowa Law Review (2007) (with David Zaring), (reprinted in Economic Sanctions (M. Malloy, ed., Edward Elgar 2014)), https://ssrn.com/abstract=956341.
- Minority Rights, Minority Wrongs, 10 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 66 (2005) (competitively selected for American Society of International Law New Voices panel), https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456696.
- Beyond Rights: Legal Process and Ethnic Conflict, 25 Michigan Journal of International Law 529 (2004) (reprinted in The United Nations System for Protecting Human Rights, Vol. IV (D. Shelton, ed., Ashgate 2014) and International Conflict Resolution: Consensual ADR Processes by Nolan-Haley, Abramson, and Chew (West Pub. 2005)), https://ssrn.com/abstract=799304.
- Transitional Justice and Development Aid, in Justice in Context: Paradigms of State and Conflict (R. Duthie, ed., International Center for Transitional Justice, forthcoming 2017) (commissioned book chapter), https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824581.
- National Security and Political Asylum, Immigration, Integration and Security: America and Europe in Comparative Perspective (A.C. d'Appollonia & S. Reich eds., 2008), http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735062135896;view=toc;c=pittpress.
- The Inevitable Impunity of Suicide Terrorists, Evil, Law and The State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence (J. Parry ed., 2006).
- American Society of International Law Research Forum, Invited Panel Chair/Discussant, Armed Conflict and International Law panel (November 2016).
- International Law Weekend, Invited Speaker, Empirical Research on International Legal Education panel (October 2016).
- “International Criminal Justice and Transitional Justice: Tensions and Synergies” roundtable, co-sponsored by ASIL International Criminal Law Interest Group, ASIL Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group and Vance Center for International Justice, held at New York City Bar Association, Moderator and Organizer (October 2016).
- Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers 5th Annual Conference, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Speaker (September 2016).
- War Crimes Research Office 20th Anniversary Conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersection between International and Domestic Justice Efforts, Speaker, Practical Guidance for Constructive Engagement between International and Domestic Justice Practitioners panel (March 2016).
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Violence: Crossing Boundaries and Bridging Divides Working Conference, Organizer and Participant, University of Pittsburgh (March 2016).
- Vice Chair, Rule of Law, American Bar Association International Law Section
- Secretary, International Criminal Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law
- Advisory Trustee, Brother’s Brother Foundation
- Advisory Council Member, Brother’s Brother of the National Capital Area
- Consultant, International Center for Transitional Justice (2015-16)
- Co-Investigator, competitively awarded grant to support interdisciplinary gender and violence research, Integrative Social Science Research Initiative, University of Pittsburgh (2015–16)
- Principal Investigator, Annual Grant for research on post-conflict justice networks, U.S. Institute of Peace (2009)
- Organizer, Socio-Legal Methods in International Law Workshop (2008)
- Participant, Immigration and Security Initiative, University of Pittsburgh and Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences-Po) (2005-06)
- Elena Baylis organizes Transitional Justice panel as International Law Weekend pre-event
- Elena Baylis quoted in article on international criminal justice
- Elena Baylis quoted in article on war crimes trials
- Elena Baylis collaborates with interdisciplinary colleagues on Gender and Violence Working Conference
- Elena Baylis moderates talk on gender and sexual violence in international and local contexts
- Elena Baylis publishes editorial on international criminal law in New York Times