Sherrie L. Russell-Brown

Senior Research Scholar in Law

LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1999
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1992
B.A., Pomona College, 1989


Sherrie L. Russell-Brown is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. Her research and teaching interests focus on the enforcement of international law, international humanitarian law and war crimes tribunals, international justice, and mass atrocity prevention.

Russell-Brown earned her B.A. (Government) at Pomona College and her J.D. at Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a member of the Child Advocacy Clinic, a Teaching Fellow in Constitutional Law, Writing and Research Editor of the Human Rights Law Review, and was awarded a Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship.

She served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Earl Ben Gilliam, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She then became a Litigation Associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, spending several years doing complex commercial litigation.

After earning her LL.M. in international human rights law, Russell-Brown was awarded a post-graduate fellowship at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. She continued her legal studies in a Ph.D./D.Phil. program at Oxford University, Brasenose College. During her residency at Oxford, she taught public international and comparative law at Université Lumière, Lyon 2, in Lyon, France. Most recently, she taught in the Human Rights Program, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, at Hunter College.

She has published articles on international justice, humanitarian law, and mass atrocity crimes.