United States of America
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  • University Professor Emerita, Georgetown University and Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law Emerita, Georgetown Law ;
  • Judge, Administrative Tribunal, International Monetary Fund.

Area(s) of Expertise

  • International Environmental and Water Law;
  • Dispute Settlement;
  • International Development and Administrative Law;
  • International Economic Law;
  • General International Law


Edith Brown Weiss has been University Professor and Frances Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University.  Since 2012, she has been a Judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund and previously served as President and Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Administrative Tribunal. In 2002, she was appointed for a five year term to the World Bank Inspection Panel and from 2003-2007 served as the Chairperson, an appointment at the level of World Bank Vice President.  She was the President of the American Society of International Law from 1994-1996.  From 1990-1992, she was Associate General Counsel for International Law at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she established a new Division of International Law.  She was a U.S. Special Legal Advisor to the North American Commission on Environment from 1996-2002 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,  among other international positions.  She has served on editorial  boards for 19 international law journals and the advisory board for the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public  International Law.  She was a member of several boards/commissions of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Reserach Council and UNEP’s International Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.


She has received many honors, including the Manley O. Hudson Medal from the American Society of International Law, a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Heidelberg University, the Elizabeth Haub Medal from the IUCN and Free University of Brussels,  the American Bar Association’s Louis B Sohn Award for life-time contributions to public international law, the ABA’s Award for distinguished achievement in environmental law, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Chicago-Kent College of Law, The Indian Society of International Law elected her as an Honorary Member in 2009.

Selected publications

  • Brown Weiss, “Independent Accountability Mechanisms in Dispute Settlement,” By Peaceful Means (Oxford, 2023, in press) (C. Brower, J. Donoghue, C. Murphy, C. Payne, E. Shirlow, eds.)
  • Brown Weiss, C. Carlane, D. Magraw, S. McCaffrey, and S. Tai, International Law for the Environment, 2nd edition West Publishers, 2023.)
  • Brown Weiss, Establishing Norms in a Kaleidoscopic World , 396 Recueil des cours (2018). Pocket book, Hague Academy of International Law (Brill/Nijhoff, 2020).
  • Brown Weiss, V. Arroyo, “Addressing Climate Change from the Bottom-Up in a Kaleidoscopic World,” La Revue des Juristes de Science Po No. 18 ( 2020).
  • Brown Weiss, International Law for a Water-Scarce World. (Martinus Nijhoff/ Hague Academy of International Law, 2013).
  • Brown Weiss, J. Jackson, N. Bernasconi-Osterwalder, eds., Reconciling Environment and Trade 2nd edition, (Martinus Nijhoff, 2008). (E. Brown Weiss, J.Jackson, eds. (1st edition, 2001).
  • Brown Weiss, “Invoking State Responsibility in the Twenty-First Century,” American Journal International Law Vol 96 (2002), pp. 798 et seq
  • Brown Weiss, H.K. Jacobson, eds. Engaging Countries: Strengthening Compliance with International Environmental Accords, (MIT Press, 1998) (Paperback, MIT Press, 2000).
  • Brown Weiss, In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity (Transnational and United Nations University, 1989); In Japanese ( Nippon Hyronshu Publishers, 1992); Justice Pour Les Generations Futures, with epilogue (Sang de la terre, December 1993); Un Mundo Justo Para Las Futuras Generaciones, (Mundi-Prensa and UNU, 1999); In Chinese, (United Nations University, 2001).
  • Brown Weiss, “A Planetary Trust: Conservation and Intergenerational Equity, Ecology Law Quarterly , Vol. 11 (1984), pp. 495 et seq.
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