Andrew L. Strauss
Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Strategic Initiatives

A.B., Princeton University
J.D., New York University School of Law

Phone: 302.477.2254

Andrew Strauss is the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Strategic Initiatives and a Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. He specializes in public international law, international economic law, international transactions and international organizations. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law where he served as a staff member on the Review of Law and Social Change. Prior to joining the Widener Law faculty, he practiced law in New York City for the law firms of Shearman & Sterling and Graham & James. His practice centered on international banking and finance. In the spring of 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, and in the fall of 2008, he and two colleagues became the first faculty members at Widener to be awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of Law.

As Associate Dean, Strauss has led fundamental reform of the law school’s pedagogy. Beginning in fall 2014, multiple assessments—including professor graded and peer reviewed writing assignments—are incorporated into every first year and upper level required course. In addition, three of the school’s first year courses have added small group Applied Learning Labs. A further hallmark of his leadership has been the successful promotion of active learning technologies in the classroom. He has also spearheaded the reorganization and growth of the law school’s international and graduate programs and is initiating the development of other sources of alternative revenue.

Dean Strauss is co-author (with Weston, Falk and Charlesworth) of the Fourth Edition of International Law and World Order, a leading international law textbook. He is also co-editor (with Wil C.G. Burns) of the 2013 Cambridge University Press book, Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks. His articles have appeared in international journals such as Foreign Affairs, The Harvard Journal of International Law, and The Stanford Journal of International Law. He is most known for his theoretical contributions to international jurisdiction, his articles on democratizing the international system, and his work conceptualizing global warming litigation. This latter work has been profiled by the New York Times Magazine in its innovative ideas of the year edition.

Dean Strauss is also a frequent public commentator on matters of international law and policy with articles appearing in such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Nation, and The Financial Times. Among his contributions to the broadcast media, his radio commentaries have been aired on Public Radio International’s Marketplace.

Overseas, Dean Strauss has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador where he studied tribal politics in the Amazon. He has taught Singaporean constitutional law on the law faculty of the National University of Singapore, and he has been a lecturer at the European Peace University in Schlaining, Austria. In addition, he has served as the Director of the Geneva/Lausanne International Law Institute and the Nairobi International Law Institute. Domestically, he has been an Honorary Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Center for International Studies. In 2006 he delivered the Henry Usborne Memorial Lecture in the British Houses of Parliament.

Dean Strauss is internationally active in many civic and professional organizations. He has conducted human rights missions to Asian countries and been a consultant to both Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First. Dean Strauss is a member of the Consultants Working Group of the Climate Legacy Initiative. He is a member of the International Advisors Group of the One World Trust and the Advisory Council of the Center for U.N. Reform Education. He is the founder of the International Court of Justice Jurisdiction Project.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Editor, Climate Change GeoEngineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues and Governance Frameworks (Andrew L. Strauss & William C.G. Burns eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2013).
  • & Richard Falk, A Global Parliament: Essays and Articles (Committee for a Democratic U.N., Berlin, 2011).
  • et al., International Law and World Order: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook (Thomson West 4th ed. 2006).
  • et al., Supplement of Basic Documents to International Law and World Order (Thomson West 4th ed. 2006).


  • Climate Change Litigation: Opening the Door to the International Court of Justice, in Adjudicating Climate Change 334 (Wm. Burns & Hari Osofsky eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009).
  • & Richard Falk, The Deeper Challenges of Global Terrorism: A Democratizing Response, in Debating Cosmopolitics 203 (Danielle Archibugi, ed., Verso, 2003).
  • & Richard Falk, Reviving the Dream of Global Democracy, in Hope in a Dark Time: Reflections on Humanity’s Future at 133 (David Krieger ed., Capra Press, 2003).
  • & Richard Falk, Toward Global Parliament, 80 Foreign Aff. 212 (2001) reprinted in A Reader on Second Assembly & Parliamentary Proposals 11 (Saul H. Mendlovitz & Barbara Walker eds., Center for UN Reform Education 2003).
  • Overcoming the Dysfunction of the Bifurcated Global System: The Promise of a Peoples Assembly, 9 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 489 (1999); reprinted in Reframing the International: Law, Culture, Politics 83 (Richard Falk et al. eds., Routledge 2002).


  • Cutting the Gordian Knot: How and Why the United Nations Should Vest the International Court of Justice with Referral Jurisdiction, 44 Cornell Int’l. L.J. 603 (2011).
  • International Law as Democratic Law, 103 Am.. Soc’y Int’l l. Proc. 388 (2010).
  • Should Citizens be Democratically Represented in the 21st Century International System?, 16 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 573 (2010).
  • On the First Branch of Global Governance, Symposium: Envisioning a More Democratic Global System, 13 Widener L. Rev. 347 (2007).
  • Is International Law a Threat to Democracy: Framing the Question, 12 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 555 (2006).
  • The Legal Option: Suing the United States in International Forums for Global Warming Emissions, 33 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10185 (2003).
  • & Richard Falk, Toward Global Parliament, 80 Foreign Aff. 212 (2001) reprinted in A Reader on Second Assembly & Parliamentary Proposals 11 (Saul H. Mendlovitz & Barbara Walker, eds., Center for UN Reform Education 2003).
  • Introductory Remarks: AIDS and Globalization—The Question Presented, 35 J. Marshall L. Rev. 398 (2002).
  • Panel Introductory Presentation, Citizens in the International Realm: The New Participatory Demands, 95 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 162 (2001).
  • & Richard Falk, On the Creation of a Global Peoples Assembly: Legitimacy and the Power of Popular Sovereignty, 36 Stan. J. Int’l L. 191 (2000).