Professor Sean Murphy is the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Since 2012, he is also a Member of the U.N. International Law Commission, where he serves as Special Rapporteur for Crimes against Humanity.
Professor Murphy advises and litigates on a wide range of international law issues on behalf of States, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, corporations and individuals before international and national courts and tribunals. Such issues include: maritime boundary disputes; foreign investment disputes; international environmental law; international claims relating to the use of force; international humanitarian law; human rights; and international criminal law. Among his prior representations are:
From 1987 to 1995, Professor Murphy served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, specializing in international dispute resolution, international environmental law, and the law of war. From 1995 to 1998, Professor Murphy served as the Legal Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, representing the U.S. Government before the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as the U.S. Agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Since 1998, he has been a full-time academic.
Professor Murphy received his J.D. from Columbia University, LL.M. from Cambridge University, and S.J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Counselor to the American Society of International Law, and served for a decade on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.