Milena Sterio

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Associate Dean for Faculty Enrichment

Professor, Charles R. Emrick Jr.- Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law

Office: LB 131

p. 216-687-3852




B.A., French literature/Political Science, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, 1998
Maitrise en droit franco-americain, University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2002
M.A., Private International Law, University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2003
J.D., Cornell Law School, 2002


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 the spring 2013, Professor Sterio was a Fulbright Scholar in Baku, Azerbaijan, at Baku State University.



Civil Procedure, International Law, International War Crimes, Commercial Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Research Areas:

International Law, International Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Private International Law


Professional Affiliations:

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

Professional Experience:

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

University Service:

International Programs Committee
Faculty Appointments Committee


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