Margaret E. McGuinness is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law where she teaches international law, international human rights, international dispute resolution, foreign affairs, and federal courts. She graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she received awards for her work in dispute resolution and international law, served as an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review, and was selected as a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Conflict and Negotiation. She joined the Missouri law faculty in 2003 after clerking for Judge Colleen McMahon on the Federal District Court for the Southern District New York and practicing law in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.
Prior to law school, Professor McGuinness was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Her overseas postings included Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, Canada, Staff Assistant to Ambassador Robert Oakley and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and Political-Military Officer at the U.S. Embassy Office in Berlin, Germany. In Washington, D.C., she worked in the State Department’s Operations Center and served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Professor McGuinness’s work addresses the subjects of international human rights, international law in U.S. courts, the resolution of international disputes, and multilateralism and war and has been published in variety of edited books and journals, including the American Journal of International Law, Yale Law Journal Online, and the Notre Dame Law Review. Professor McGuinness is co-editor, along with John Barton and Melanie Greenberg, of the book Words Over War: Arbitration and Mediation to End Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield 2000).
Professor McGuinness co-founded and is a regular contributor to Opinio Juris, the leading international law blog. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and Temple University, and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.