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Cindy Buys

Professor of Law
and Director of International Law Programs


Courses Taught:

509 - Constitutional Law
608 - Current Developments in International Law:
Human Rights
602 - Legal Globalization and Comparative Law
593 - Immigration Law
593C - Immigration Law Practice Experience
559 - International Business Transactions
558 - International Law
628 - Women in Leadership Practicum
627 - Women in Leadership Workshop


Professor Buys joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2001. She teaches International Law, International Business Transactions, Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, and a variety of other international law courses. At SIU, Professor Buys is the faculty advisor to the International Law Society and directs the Immigration Detention Project, as well as the summer study abroad program in Ireland and Wales. In 2008, Professor Buys was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Her professional affiliations include serving as Secretary of the International Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, co-editor of the American Bar Association International Law Year in Review, member of the Women and the Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and co-editor of The Catalyst, and Secretary of the Board of the United Nations Association—Southern Illinois Chapter. She also is a past chair of the American Society of International Law Teaching International Law Interest Group, the Central States Law Schools Association, and the International and Immigration Law Section of the ISBA. Professor Buys also serves as a panelist for NAFTA Chapter 19 disputes.

Prior to coming to the SIU School of Law, Professor Buys spent ten years in public and private practice in Washington, D.C. Professor Buys was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Commerce where she advised the Import Administration in connection with its implementation and enforcement of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws. In that capacity, Professor Buys defended the agency’s decisions before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and World Trade Organization panels. Prior to that, Professor Buys was in private practice with a Washington, D.C. law firm that specialized in representing multinational ocean common carriers.

Professor Buys has an LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University School of Law in International and Comparative Law, where she earned the Chetwood Prize for the Most Outstanding Academic Performance. She also holds a J.D. degree and an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University. During her law school career, Professor Buys was an associate editor of the Syracuse Law Review and a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society. She also was a member of the Order of Barristers, received the Moot Court Board Executive Director’s Award, and was a Regional Finalist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Professor Buys obtained her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany where she majored in Political Science and minored in French and Fine Arts.

Drawing on her experience in public and private practice, Professor Buys has published in the areas of economic sanctions, shipping law, trade law, arbitration, immigration, and the intersection between U.S. constitutional law and international law. She is currently working on legislation relating to the law of consular relations; researching developments in U.S. treaty practice and writing an article on the impact of international law on military commission trials at Guantanamo Bay.






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