Anne-Marie Carstens

Law School Assistant Professor and Director of Lawyering



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Anne-Marie Carstens serves as Director of the Lawyering Program and teaches Lawyering, Property, Civil Procedure, and international law and cultural heritage courses. She previously taught Property, Copyright, and other IP and cultural heritage courses at Georgetown Law, as well as IP and international cultural heritage courses in London-based international law programs for Georgetown Law-University College London and for the University of Tulsa Law School.

Her research and scholarship focus primarily on legal issues at the intersections of cultural heritage and IP law, international law, and property law. She was appointed as an expert advisor on cultural property issues at the U.S. Department of State, chaired the Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and co-chaired the Art & Cultural Heritage certificate program offered by Georgetown Law Executive Education. She has presented widely on issues concerning the legal protection of cultural sites and artifacts, including at the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, Acropolis Museum, Chatham House (Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs, London), and leading universities worldwide. Her books include Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law (as co-editor and contributor) and Safeguarding Cultural Property During Armed Conflict (forthcoming). In addition, she has authored book chapters, law review articles, and other works on a range of topics covering international criminal law and the law of armed conflict, copyright law, treaty interpretation, special masters in the Supreme Court, and cultural heritage law, including in the Minnesota Law Review, the Washington Law Review, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the American Journal of International Law, the British Year Book of International Law, and the American Journal of Legal History. She also serves as a deputy editor and reviewer for peer-reviewed publications.

After law school, Professor Carstens clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced litigation in Washington and in London at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. She received her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and a DPhil in Law (research doctorate in Public International Law) from Oxford University. During her doctoral studies, she was competitively selected by the Oxford Law Faculty for a research residency at Yale Law School and awarded a grant for summer study at the Hague Academy of International Law.


Safeguarding Cultural Property During Armed Conflict (forthcoming 2023)

Editor, Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law (2020) (with Elizabeth Varner). Read Full Text.

Book Chapters

Heritage Suspension: Protection of Heritage in Public Emergencies, Routledge Handbook on Heritage Law (forthcoming 2023) (with J. Peter Byrne).

The Swinging Pendulum of Cultural Heritage Crimes in International Criminal Law, in Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law (Anne-Marie Carstens & Elizabeth Varner eds., 2020).

Interpreting Transplanted Treaty Rules, in Interpretation in International Law (Andrea Bianchi et al. eds., 2015).


Copyright's Deprivations, 96 Washington Law Review 1275 (2021).

The Hostilities-Occupation Dichotomy and Cultural Property in Non-International Armed Conflicts, 52 Stanford Journal of International Law 1 (2016).

International Decisions: Copyright (Technische Universitat at Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer KG), 109 American Journal of International Law 161 (2015).

Book Review, 83 British Yearbook of International Law 2012, at 172 (2013) (reviewing International Law of Occupation (Eyal Benvenisti ed., 2012)).

The International Legal Protection of World Heritage Sites During Armed Conflict, Transnational Dispute Management 5: Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law (2013).

Book Review, Examining the Claims of Universal Museums and the Pleas of Nations Stolen Blind, 12 Art Antiquity & Law 179 (2007) (reviewing Imperialism, Art and Restitution (John Henry Merryman ed., 2006)).

Book Review, 48 American Journal of Legal History 460 (2006) (reviewing Joseph F. Zimmerman, Interstate Disputes: The Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction (2006)).

Lurking in the Shadows of Judicial Process: Special Masters in the Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction Cases, 86 Minnesota Law Review 625 (2002). Read Full Text.