Diane Marie Amann

Associate Dean for International Programs and Strategic Initiatives & Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law

B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., Northwestern University
Dr.h.c., Universiteit Utrecht


Children and International Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law I
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights
Laws of War
Public International Law
Refugee & Asylum Law

Biographical Information: 

Diane Marie Amann joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011, taking up the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law; since February 2015, she also has served as the Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives. In the latter capacity, Amann directs Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, a nucleus for global education, scholarship and service for nearly four decades. She also leads strategic initiatives related to the law school’s overall mission.

At Georgia Law, Amann has taught Children & International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Laws of War, Public International Law and Refugee & Asylum Law. She is an affiliated faculty member of the university's African Studies Institute, and further serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in and Affected by Armed Conflict.

The author of more than four dozen publications in English, French and Italian, 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. Among her most recent publications is the American Society of International Law Benchbook on International Law (Diane Marie Amann ed., 2014).

Amann came to Georgia Law from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, 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 9th 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, about whom she has written several biographical articles, and for Judge Prentice H. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Amann holds a Dr.h.c. degree in law from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University, where she served as a note and comment editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, her M.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.S. in journalism, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 American Bar Association's Section of International Law. The founding editor-in-chief of the IntLawGrrls blog from 2007 to 2012, Amann now maintains her own blog. She is a frequent commentator in national and international media.