Maryland Carey Law welcomes Anne-Marie Carstens to the faculty



The Maryland Carey Law community is pleased to welcome Anne-Marie Carstens to the faculty. Carstens is assistant law school professor and director of the newly reconfigured six-credit Lawyering Program.

“Professor Carstens is the ideal person to take our Lawyering Program to the next level with her extensive experience teaching lawyering skills in addition to other first-year courses,” said Senior Associate Dean Barbara Gontrum. 

Carstens, who also oversees the writing center, has more than 20 years of experience in academia, government, and law firm practice. She began her law teaching career in London, where she taught U.S. law students studying abroad while also pursuing her research doctorate in international law at Oxford University. She then spent four years as a visiting professor and researcher at Georgetown University Law Center before joining Maryland Carey Law as a visiting professor in 2019. 

Carstens’s research and scholarship focus primarily on cultural heritage law, property law, and international law governing armed conflicts. She has co-edited a book and published law review articles and book chapters, whose diverse topics include the interpretation of treaty rules, the wartime protection of civilian property and cultural property, the development of cultural heritage destruction as a war crime, and the use of special masters in the U.S. Supreme Court.  

She received her JD from Georgetown and a DPhil in Law from Oxford. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia. 

Carstens is enthusiastic about her new position because it combines her passions for teaching and for writing and editing. Plus, her favorite population to teach is 1Ls. “I love the enthusiasm that first-year students come to law school with,” she said. “They are so prepared and engaged.” 


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