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Rachel Brewster

Jeffrey and Bettysue Hughes Distinguished Professor
School of Law
Duke Law School Room 3018, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708


Rachel Brewster’s scholarly research and teaching focus on international economic law and international dispute settlement. She writes on World Trade Organization (WTO) law, anti-corruption law (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the OECD Anti-Bribery Treaty), and international relations theory. Brewster serves as co-director of Duke’s Center for International and Comparative Law and co-chair of Duke’s JD-LLM Program. In 2017-2018, Brewster received support from the Mellon Foundation to convene a year-long interdisciplinary seminar on the Corporation in International Law with Professor Phil Stern (Duke History).

Brewster’s recent publications include: “Enforcing the FCPA:  Domestic Strategy and International Resonance,” 103 Virginia Law Review 1611 (2017);  “The Market for Global Anticorruption Enforcement,” 80 Law & Contemporary Problems 193 (2017) (with Samuel W. Buell); and “Supplying Compliance: Why and When the United States Complies with WTO Rulings,” 39 Yale Journal of International Law (2014)(with Adam Chilton).

Brewster came to Duke Law in July 2012 from Harvard University where she was an assistant professor of law and affiliate faculty member of The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. While there, Brewster took a leave of absence to serve as legal counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in 2008.  Before joining Harvard, Brewster was as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She has also taught at the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Law and Economics and the University of St. Gallen.

Brewster received her BA and JD from the University of Virginia, where she was an article editor for the Virginia Law Review. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, where she received the John Patrick Hagan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Jeffrey and Bettysue Hughes Distinguished Professor · 2018 - Present School of Law
Professor of Law · 2012 - Present School of Law

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2005 Ph.D.
University of Virginia · 2003 J.D.
University of Virginia · 1996 A.B.