Peter B. Rutledge

Prof. Peter B. Rutledge

Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge is a full professor whose teaching and research interests include international dispute resolution, arbitration, international business transactions and the Supreme Court.

He is the author of the forthcoming book Arbitration and the Constitution and co-author with Gary Born of the book International Civil Litigation in the United States. His works have been published by Yale University Press, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and his articles have appeared in a diverse array of journals such as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Journal of International Arbitration. He also regularly advises parties on matters of international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration).

In 2008, the Supreme Court appointed Rutledge to brief and argue the case of Irizarry v. United States as amicus curiae in defense of the judgment below. He subsequently won the case, joining the ranks of a select few advocates who have successfully defended a judgment below when the government refused to do so. A former law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Rutledge regularly files briefs and advises lawyers in matters before the Supreme Court and lower courts.

Given his interest in international dispute resolution, Rutledge has taught and spoken at numerous foreign universities. In 2010-11, he was a Fulbright Professor at the Institut für Zivilverfahrensrecht at the University of Vienna Law School. Foreign universities where Rutledge has been invited to speak include Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Mainz, Jagellonian University, Stockholm University and the University of Oslo.

An accomplished teacher, he has received teaching awards in the majority of his years in the legal academy, including most recently the 2009 John C. O'Byrne Award for Furthering Faculty-Student Relations.

In addition to his academic and legal work, Rutledge remains active in professional circles. He regularly advises parties on matters of international dispute resolution and has served as an expert in both litigation and arbitration. He is a listed arbitrator with the London Court of International Arbitration and the Vienna International Arbitral Center. He has testified on several occasions before Congress on pending arbitration legislation, has regularly spoken to broadcast and print media, and has given speeches to a range of professional audiences on matters such as international dispute resolution, arbitration and the Supreme Court. He currently serves as part of the American Arbitration Association's delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration and is a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Before entering the teaching academy, Rutledge practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), where his practice included international dispute resolution and Supreme Court matters, and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where his practice concentrated on international arbitration.

He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University, an M.Litt. in Applied Ethics from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he served as executive editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

  • B.A., Harvard University
  • M.Litt., University of Aberdeen
  • J.D., University of Chicago


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Arbitration and the Constitution

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Medellin v. Texas: Presidential Power and International Tribunals
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