Cindy Buys | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Cindy Buys

Professor of Law and Director of International Law Programs

Cindy Buys

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 238
Phone: (618) 453-8743

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. In 2008, Professor Buys was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2015, she was a Visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. At SIU, Professor Buys is the faculty advisor to the International Law Society and directs the Immigration Detention Project. She also has led a summer study abroad program in Ireland and Wales and a Legal Globalization class in Cuba.

Her professional affiliations include leadership positions with the International Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, the American Society of International Law, the Central States Law Schools Association, the International and Immigration Law Section of the Illnois State Bar Association (ISBA), and the United Nations Association Association–Southern Illinois Chapter. She also has been co-editor of the American Bar Association International Law Year in Review and co-editor of The Catalyst, the newsletter of the Women and the Law Section Council 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. 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 detention of foreign nationals, consular relations law, U.S. treaty law and practice, and the intersection between U.S. constitutional law and international law.