William and Mary Law School

Who We Are

Director:                          Christie S. Warren 

Christie S. Warren 

Professor Warren in Kabul

Prof. Warren improving rule of law
Kabul, Afghanistan

Christie S. Warren is Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law and Director of the Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Program.  Her areas of specialization include Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Systems, Post-Conflict Justice, International Human Rights Law, Civil Code Systems and Islamic Law. Her publications are in the area of Islamic Law and International Legal Development.  

Professor Warren has designed, implemented, monitored and assessed constitutional, judicial and legal development and training projects in more than 40 countries throughout Africa, Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the Newly Independent States, the Balkans and East Timor. She served as the 1998 – 1999 Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States and the 2010 Senior Expert in Constitutional Issues for the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. She has advised on constitutional issues and processes in Kosovo, Somalia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Sudan and participated in the Darfur Peace Talks. She is a graduate of the Harvard Mediation Program.

Professor Warren serves as the Curriculum Advisor for the Constitution Building Processes Programme at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. In April 2012 she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve a three year term as Supreme Court Fellows Commissioner.

See Prof. Warren discuss the importance of field work and international internships in the teaching of comparative legal studies and post-conflict peacebuilding

Deputy Director:            Mary E. Rude

Mary with Ukrainian students

Mary in Melitopol, Ukraine

Mary with her students serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine

Mary E. Rude is a graduate of Harvard College, the European University at St. Petersburg, and William & Mary School of Law.  She served in the Peace Corps (Ukraine, 2005-2007), working as a teacher in a small community college, and has spent substantial time living and working in various regions of the former Communist Bloc, including Poland, Russia, and Azerbaijan.  She specializes in Slavic history and law, but has also worked with human right projects in Asia and Africa, including a post-graduate fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mary provides research and web support for the Comparative Legal Studies Program, as well as assistance for law students seeking summer internships abroad.  Mary is also deeply committed to caring for our nation's veterans, especially those who are homeless, and she currently works as an attorney for the Board of Veterans' Appeals in Washington, DC.