Elena Baylis is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Director of its Semester in DC Program and its DC Law and Policy Semester, which is a joint program with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Professor Baylis is an expert in post-conflict justice, with a particular focus on international interventions in post-conflict states and the engagement between international, national, and local institutions, networks and communities. Her field research includes work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Kosovo. Professor Baylis also studies U.S. law and policy issues, and she has published several articles on U.S. national security, immigration, and education policy. To access Professor Baylis’s articles, see her SSRN author page at

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Baylis taught at Mekelle University Law Faculty in Ethiopia under the auspices of a State Department grant funding a linkage program with the University of Alabama School of Law. She also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Mariana Pfaelzer of the Central District of California and practiced national security law and civil litigation with the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC (now Goodwin Procter).

Education and Background

  • J.D. - Yale Law School
  • B.A.- University of Oregon