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Shawn Bates

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Mr. Bates is an international lawyer, mediator, educator and trainer with over 15 years of experience in the international arena. He is currently Assistant Professor in the School of International Service, and the Director of the Chile/Argentina Summer Law Program for the Washington College of Law. Prof. Bates was the founder and former Academic Director for American University’s Washington Semester Program in International Law and Organizations. With the assistance of the Washington Semester Program staff, Mr. Bates developed the International Law and Organizations Program into one of the most successful visiting academic programs at American University. He designed and led a study tour of Western Europe and international legal institutions, as well as directed the academic development of the students in Unit I of the program.

    In addition to teaching, Prof. Bates is actively involved with the American Bar Association and the American Society for International Law (ASIL). He is a frequent lecturer on cross-cultural conflict and mediation, as well as an advisor to various multilateral institutions.

    His primary research interests are in Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Green Infrastructure Development and intercultural communication.
  • Degrees

    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, M.A. International Communication, American University
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:


    Book Currently Reading:

    The Devil's Cup

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  • Fall 2015

    • IDIS-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Scholars Research Lab
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  • Spring 2016

    • IDIS-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Scholars Rsrch Experience
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    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Foundations of Global Govern
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