Barry E. Carter

Prof. Barry E. Carter

Director, Center for Transnational Business and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Carter has an extensive background in international trade and business, U.S. and international law, and foreign policy.  In 2006 he received Georgetown Law's excellence in teaching award.  Mr. Carter also teaches frequently in other countries.

He returned to Georgetown in 1996 after over three years as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.  He implemented and enforced a variety of trade and nonproliferation laws, and he also helped reorganize his 370-person Bureau.  Mr. Carter also served during that time as the U.S. vice chair to Secretary of Defense William Perry on bilateral defense conversion committees with Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and other countries to help eliminate the nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan and Ukraine and to secure nuclear and other dangerous materials in several countries.  He also served on committees with China.

Before entering the government, Mr. Carter had been a Georgetown professor since 1979 and was Executive Director of the American Society of International Law during 1992-93.  He was a visiting law professor at Stanford in 1990.  He served as a senior counsel on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities in 1975.  He was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1972.  A member of Dr. Henry Kissinger's National Security Council staff from 1970?72, he worked on nuclear arms negotiations and other foreign policy matters.  While an Army officer, he was a program analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He has also been a trial and appellate lawyer in private practice in California and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Carter, a native Californian, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, received a master's degree in economics and public policy from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and graduated from Yale Law School, where he was the Projects Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Prof. Carter's book on International Economic Sanctions: Improving the Haphazard U.S. Legal Regime (Cambridge Univ. Press: 1988) received the 1989 annual award from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for the outstanding new book on international law subjects.  He is the co-author of the widely-used casebook on International Law (Aspen: 5th ed. 2007) and the editor of the accompanying Selected Documents (Aspen: 9th ed. 2009).  He has also written chapters in books as well as publishing articles in the California Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Scientific American, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and ASIL.  He is on the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the advisory council of a major insurance company, and was on the board of directors of a U.S. international trading company.  He has served on two binational arbitration panels that reviewed Chapter 19 trade matters under the North American Free Trade Agreement.  He has also been the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Defense Budget Project and the Vice President of the Arms Control Association.

  • B.A., Stanford
  • M.P.A., Princeton
  • J.D., Yale


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