About the Director

George E. Edwards
Professor of Law
Director, Program in International Human Rights Law
Carl M. Gray Professor of Law & John S. Grimes Fellow

Indiana University Robert H.McKinney School of Law
530 W. New York Street, IH 201
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-2359
Fax: (317) 278-7563
E-Mail: gedwards@indiana.edu

Bio  |  CV

  • B.A., 1981, North Carolina State University
  • J.D., 1986, Harvard University

International Human Rights Law; International Human Rights Law Overseas Internships; Public International Law; International Legal Transactions; International Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure


Before joining the law school faculty, George E. Edwards lived for six years in Hong Kong, where he was an associate director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong Law Faculty. He also lectured in law (Adjunct) at the City University of Hong Kong Law Faculty and for the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is a co-editor of Volumes 1-5 of the Hong Kong Public Law Reports. From 1987 to 1991, Professor Edwards practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. Following law school he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. At Harvard Law School, he served as editor of the Harvard Law Review and associate editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.

During the 1999 autumn semester, Professor Edwards served as a visiting associate Professor of law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. During the 2001 fall semester, Professor Edwards was a Visiting Fellow in the United Kingdom at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

He was also a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. In the autumn of 2001, Professor Edwards, through a Fulbright grant he was awarded, travelled to South America to teach an International Legal Transactions graduate course at the Universidad de San Pedro, in Chimbote, Peru.

Professor Edwards is accredited by the United Nations to represent the National Bar Association, and to represent the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. As founding director of the Program in International Human Rights Law, Professor Edwards has, since 1997, facilitated the placement and supervision of approximately 40 law student summer interns at the United Nations and other Human Rights organizations in more than 35 countries around the world.

Professor Edwards is the first regularly elected Chair of the new American Association of Law Schools International Human Rights Law Section, and the Chair of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.