Rachel Brewster

Professor of Law


Rachel Brewster’s scholarly research and teaching focus on the areas of international economic law and international relations theory.  She came to Duke Law in July 2012 from Harvard University where she was an assistant professor of law and affiliate faculty member of The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Brewster serves as co-director of Duke’s Center for International and Comparative Law.

Prior to joining the Harvard law faculty in 2006, Brewster served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  She served as legal counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in 2008.

Brewster’s recent publications include: “The Domestic and International Enforcement of the O.E.C.D. Anti-Bribery Convention,” 15 Chicago Journal of International Law 84 (2014); “Supplying Compliance: Why and When the United States Complies with WTO Rulings,” 39 Yale Journal of International Law 201 (2014) (with Adam Chilton); and “Pricing Compliance: When Formal Remedies Displace Reputational Sanctions,” 54 Harvard International Law Journal 259 (2013).

Brewster received her BA and JD from the University of Virginia, where she was articles editor for the Virginia Law Review. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, where she received the John Patrick Hagan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.