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Christopher Rossi

Boyd Law Building
Adjunct Faculty Member

He has worked on the Psychology of Deterrence project at the Arms Control Association of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., on verification and public information issues for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and as an assistant professor of international relations and American foreign policy at American University in Washington, D.C. In 1997-1998, he served as a director on the National Security Council in the Clinton White House in the office of Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

He holds a PhD and MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, an LLM in public international law from the University of London and a JD from the University of Iowa.


Dr. Rossi is the author of Sovereignty and Territorial Temptation: The Grotian Tendency, Broken Chain of Being, James Brown Scott and the Origins of Modern International Law, and Equity and International Law: A Legal Realist Approach to International Decisionmaking. He is the co-editor of Temas de derecho internacional, and assistant co-editor of Toward Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security. He has published articles on the international criminal court, transboundary water disputes, the responsibility to protect, global governance and the High Arctic, third party dispute settlement, imperialism and international law, and problems of sovereignty and state secession. His publications are available at


BA, Washington University, 1980

JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1982

LLM, University of London, 1983

MA, Johns Hopkins, 1985

PhD, Johns Hopkins, 1991

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