Lesley Wexler

John D. Colombo Professor of Law


Professor Lesley Wexler joined the Illinois Law School faculty in fall 2010, teaching torts, laws of war and international environmental law. Before coming to Illinois, Professor Wexler taught at the Florida State University College of Law. Prior to teaching at Florida State, she spent two years at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer on Law.

Professor Wexler has broad research interests in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and sex discrimination. Professor Wexler specializes in those legal areas that reflect the movement of anti-discrimination and humanitarian norms through domestic law, international law, social movements, and corporations. She has written on the legitimacy of targeting decisions, the blood diamond trade, and the regulation of depleted uranium and landmines, along with a series of articles on human rights impact statements. Her work has drawn on case studies using DeBeers, Wal-Mart, and Chik-fil-A.

Professor Wexler earned her BA with honors from the University of Michigan and her JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, she served on the board of both the Chicago International Law Journal and the Chicago Legal Forum.

Professor Wexler has clerked for Judge Thomas Reaveley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She has also clerked for Judge William Wayne Justice on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She worked for two law firms: Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood (Chicago, Washington D.C.) as well as Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Washington D.C.).

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JD University of Chicago Law School
BA University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Employment Discrimination
Environmental Law and Conservation (International)
Human Rights
International and Comparative Law
Labor Law
Laws of War
Tort Law


International Human Law: The Laws of War
International Environmental Law
Law Teaching Practicum
Laws of War

Selected Publications

Designing Amends for Armed Conflict, __Yale J. Int’l L. __ (forthcoming 2016) (co-author Jennifer Robbennolt).

International Humanitarian Law Divergence, 42 Pepperdine L. Rev. 549 (2015) (invited for The Future of National Security symposium issue).

Valuing Foreign Lives, 49 Ga. L. Rev. 500 (2014) (co-author Arden Rowell).

International Humanitarian Law Transparency, 23 FSU J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 93 (2014) (invited for New Frontiers in the Laws of War symposium issue).


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