Diane Marie Amann is Regents’ Professor of International Law and the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. She has served since mid-2017 as a Faculty Co-Director of the University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rusk International Law Center, a position she took up after completing a two-and-a-half-year term as Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives.
She was appointed the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict in December 2012; her service, which came to a close in June 2021, included assisting in the preparation, drafting, and dissemination of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor’s 2016 Policy on Children.
During her research-intensive Spring 2018 semester, Professor Amann was: a Visiting Researcher at the Oxford University Faculty of Law Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a Visiting Fellow at Mansfield College; an External Scientific Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European & Regulatory Procedural Law; and the inaugural Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson Research Fellow at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles.
Since joining the Georgia Law faculty in 2011, she has taught Children & International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Laws of War, Public International Law, Refugee & Asylum Law, and Transnational Criminal Law. Professor Amann holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs, and is also an affiliated faculty member of the university’s African Studies Institute. 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 about eighty 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 of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland-Galway, and as a Professeur invitée at the Faculté de Droit, 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 law 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 life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Counsellor and past Vice President of the American Society of International Law, and a 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 and 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 frequently quoted in national and international media.