UC Hastings Professor Chimène Keitner has begun her term as Counselor on International Law in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U. S. State Department.
As Counselor, Professor Keitner advises the State Department and the executive branch on international law issues, with a focus on litigation involving international and foreign relations law. She also serves as a liaison between the Legal Adviser's office and the Office of the Solicitor General, the Department of Justice, the White House Counsel, and other government agencies.
The Counselor holds a unique position in the Legal Adviser’s Office (or “L” as it’s widely known). It grants academics an opportunity to engage in the day-to-day practice of international law, while also offering the attorneys in L the substantial benefit of working alongside a scholarly expert on the questions of international and foreign relations law.
“This opportunity is a chance to give back in the form of public service, which is something I am deeply committed to as well as a core value at UC Hastings.”
Professor Keitner is the third UC Hastings professor to serve as Counselor on International Law, following Stefan Riesenfeld (1977-82) and William Dodge (2011-12). She brings extensive experience on questions of international relations and international law to her role as Counselor, which includes authoring two books and dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters.
Chimène is Alfred & Hanna Fromm Professor of International & Comparative Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature from Harvard University with high honors, a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University (where she was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Juris Doctorate from Yale University (where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow).
Her practice experience includes a judicial clerkship and several years representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and other class actions in state and federal courts with a San Francisco-based firm. Among other professional service, Professor Keitner has been very involved in the leadership of the American Society of International Law, and is a member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser on the ALI’s Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law. Professor Keitner will serve as Counselor through the end of 2017 and, like her UC predecessors, will commute to DC from the Bay Area.