David Stewart is a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches public and private international law and foreign relations law, directs the Global Law Scholars Program and co-directs the Center for Transnational Business and the Law.
From 1976 to 2008, Stewart served in a variety of senior positions in the Office of Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, including assistant legal adviser for private international law, diplomatic law and litigation, African affairs, human rights and refugees, law enforcement and intelligence, and international claims and investment disputes, as well as special assistant to the legal adviser. Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in commercial and antitrust litigation.
In 2012 Stewart was re-elected to the Inter-American Juridical Committee, which serves as an advisory body to the Organization of American States on juridical matters of an international nature and promotes the progressive development and the codification of international law. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, president-elect of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and a member of the Executive Council of the ABA's Section of International Law. In 2013 he was named a reporter on the ALI’s effort to revise the Restatement (Third), Foreign Relations Law of the United States.
Stewart holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University (1976), a J.D. from Yale Law School (1971), an M.A. in International Relations from the Yale Graduate School (1971) and an A.B. from Princeton (1966).