Trent Buatte

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


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Trent Buatte is an Attorney-Adviser for Political-Military Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. He advises the U.S. government on issues relating to the use of force and the law of war. His prior government experience includes being Special Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs at the Department of State, Associate Counsel for Refugee & Asylum Law in the Department of Homeland Security, and a refugee officer in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to federal service, Professor Buatte clerked for the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and taught comparative law and human rights law at Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. He is also an adjunct professor at GW Law School, where he teaches International Human Rights Law and the Art of Lawyering and coaches the school’s award-winning Jessup international law moot court team.

International law, human rights

J.D., George Washington University Law School; B.A., American University.

International Law