William & Mary
Jay Butler

Jay Butler

Associate Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Yale Law School; B.A., Oxford University; B.A., Harvard
Email: [[jbutler]]
Office phone: (757) 221-7469
Office location: Room 211
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Jay Butler joined the faculty of William & Mary Law School in 2016. He previously served as the Kellis E. Parker Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School and has taught as a visitor at Yale Law School and the George Washington University Law School. His scholarship and teaching focus on international law, corporations and contracts.

Professor Butler earned a Bachelor of Arts in History magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was then selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a BA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Butler served as a law clerk to Judges Hisashi Owada and Giorgio Gaja of the International Court of Justice and worked as a legal adviser to the Government of Japan. He is also a member of the New York Bar.

His scholarship has been awarded the Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law, and he has also been selected to present his work at the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. In 2018, he won a Law and Public Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University and in Fall 2020 he will serve as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Scholarly Publications
  • Corporate Commitment to International Law, 53 NYU J. Int'l L. & Pol. ___ (forthcoming 2021). SSRN.
  • The Corporate Keepers of International Law, 114 Am. J. Int'l Law 189 (2020). Online.
  • Corporations as Semi-States, 57 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 221 (2019). SSRN.
  • Amnesty for Even the Worst Offenders, 95 Wash. U. L. Rev. 591 (2017). SSRN.
  • Responsibility for Regime Change, 114 Colum. L. Rev. 503 (2014). SSRN.

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