Christine Bustany is a senior lecturer in international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she directs a newly established international law practicum and teaches law related courses. Bustany’s primary areas of legal expertise include: international law, human rights, and civil litigation. She has experience as an advocate and researcher in the nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations sector, working on international human rights and development issues, as well as a practicing attorney engaging in complex commercial litigation at the international law firm of O’Melveny and Meyers in New York. Bustany has served as a pro bono lawyer in a range of civil and political rights matters in US courts and international fora, including successfully representing petitioners before the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
As an academician, Bustany previously directed the International Legal Practice program at Suffolk University Law School, as part of its nationally-ranked clinical programs. In that position, she developed rich expertise in experiential education—teaching international public interest and private sector practice courses and supervising student international fieldwork. Bustany also taught law for a semester at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.
Bustany received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. In addition, she studied political science and economics at the Institut D’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and was a Fulbright fellow in Cairo, Egypt.
Bustany’s interests include issues related to transnational law, comparative law, minority rights, global poverty, North-South relations and international law, the Middle East, and clinical and experiential legal education.