Diane Marie Amann is the Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, USA, where her duties include leadership of Georgia Law’s 38-year-old Dean Rusk International Law Center.
Amann teaches Children & International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law I, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Laws of War, Public International Law, and Refugee & Asylum Law, and is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the university’s African Studies Institute. She also serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in Armed Conflict. She launched this website in 2012, and maintains it in her personal capacity; the content does not reflect the position of the ICC, the University of Georgia, or any other institution.
The author of more than four dozen publications, in English, French, and Italian, Professor Amann focuses her scholarship on the ways that national, regional and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime.
She joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011 from the University of California-Davis, where she was a Professor of Law, the founding director of the California International Law Center, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, and from which she received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Homer Angelo Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Law. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of California-Berkeley, at the University of California-Los Angeles, and at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland-Galway, and as a Professeur invitée at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Before entering academia, she practiced law in San Francisco, before state and federal trial courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was an Assistant Federal Public Defender, a solo federal criminal defense practitioner, and a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster. She also served as a judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and for Judge Prentice H. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Amann holds a Dr.h.c. degree in law from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She earned a J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where she served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an M.A. in political science from the University of California-Los Angeles, and a B.S. in journalism, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor Amann is a past Vice President of the American Society of International Law and past Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools. She received the 2013 Prominent Women in International Law award from ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, as well as the 2010 Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law from the Section on International Law of the American Bar Association. She was the founding contributor to IntLawGrrls blog from 2007 to 2012, and is now Editor Emerita. Professor Amann is a frequent commentator in national and international media.