Susan D. Franck

Professor of Law

Office: Room Y317
Phone: 202-274-4362
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Professor Franck is an expert in the fields of international economic law, dispute settlement, and the empirical analysis of international law. Professor Franck's legal experience includes serving at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and practicing in international dispute settlement with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering [now Wilmer Hale] in Washington, DC and Allen & Overy in London, England. She is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, Minnesota and the District of Columbia. She is the Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Franck is the author of various articles published in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, Duke Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Journal of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Washington University Law Review. In connection with the Lewis Center and Transnational Law Institute, she organized the Joint Symposium on International Investment and Alternative Dispute Resolution, http://investmentadr.wlu.edu, and created a UNCTAD publication summarizing the proceedings, which occurred through a collaboration blog, other online mediums and a traditional in-person conference.

She has presented her research to major international organizations including the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International American Development Bank (IADB), the International Centre for Settlement if Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD) and across the globe in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Professor Franck has been elected to the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and received the "New Voices" award from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for her groundbreaking empirical analysis of investment treaty arbitration.



Areas of Specialization

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Gender and the Law
  • International Business Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Economics
  • Law and the Social Sciences
  • Professional Responsibility

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.M., University of London 1999 (with merit, in Commercial Law)
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 1998 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Macalester College 1993 (summa cum laude)