Elena Baylis is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from the University of Oregon. Professor Baylis studies the interactions between international, national, and sub-national legal institutions and communities. In an ongoing series of articles, she has explored the international legal community’s interventions in post-conflict states, focusing on the roles of transnational networks and of national and parallel courts. Professor Baylis has also written several articles on U.S. national security issues and on conflict resolution mechanisms aimed at addressing the concerns of minority groups. Presently, Professor Baylis is carrying out a qualitative empirical study of a group she calls the “post-conflict justice junkies”: the attorneys, human right officers, and others who undertake post-conflict justice work on behalf of the international community.


Selected Projects of Note

I am currently conducting an empirical research project under the auspices of a grant I was awarded by the US Institute of Peace.  The focus of the study is on the internationals who carry out post-conflict justice work, including rule of law work.


Recent Publications

  • “Reassessing the Role of International Criminal Law: Rebuilding National Courts Through Transnational Networks”, 50 Boston College Law Review 1 (2009)
  • “Outsourcing Investigations”, 14 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 121 (2009)
  • “Tribunal-Hopping with the Post-Conflict Justice Junkies”, 10 Oregon Review of International Law 361 (2008)
  • “National Security and Political Asylum”, in Immigration, Integration and Security: Europe and America in Comparative Perspective (A.C. d’Appollonia & S. Reich, eds. 2008)
  • “Parallel Courts in Post-Conflict Kosovo”, 32 Yale Journal of International Law 1 (2007) (selected for American Society of Comparative Law Michigan-Illinois Workshop)
  • “Sending the Bureaucracy to War”, 92 Iowa Law Review 1359 (2007) (with David Zaring)

Substantive Areas

  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform
  • Property Rights and Land Tenure
  • Rule of Law
  • Conflict Stabilization


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