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Milena Sterio

Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee, Halter & Griswold Endowed Professor of Law and Director, LL.M. Program


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Professor Sterio earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2002. At Cornell, she was Order of the Coif, general editor of the Cornell International Law Journal and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003, she earned a master's degree, cum laude, in Private International Law from the University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne; in 2002, she earned a Maitrise en droit franco-americain cum laude, also from the Sorbonne. Her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science and French Literature is from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Before joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty, she was an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and an Adjunct Law Professor at Cornell, where she taught in the International War Crimes Clinic.

Her research interests are in the field of international law, international criminal law, international human rights, law of the seas, and in particular maritime piracy, as well as private international law. She has published in the American University Law Review, the Connecticut International Law Journal, the Fordham International Law Journal, the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, the Florida Journal of International Law, and the UC Davis of International Law and Policy. In her capacity as expert on maritime piracy law, she has participated in the meetings of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and has been a member of the Piracy Expert Group, an academic think tank functioning within the auspices of the Public International Law and Policy Group. Professor Sterio is one of six permanent editors of the prestigious IntLawGrrls blog. In spring 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Baku, Azerbaijan, at Baku State University.

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  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York


  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, associate, 2003-06 (Paris and New York offices)


  • International Programs Committee
  • Faculty Appointments Committee



  • BA
    Rutgers College, New Brunswick
    French Literature/Political Science
  • University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne
    Maitrise en droit franco-americain
  • MA
    University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne
    Private International Law
  • JD
    Cornell Law School

Research Areas

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • Private International Law


  • Civil Procedure
  • International Law
  • International War Crimes
  • Commercial Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution