Anne Herbert

Director for Undergraduate Education
Senior Lecturer in Law

As Director of Undergraduate Education, Anne Herbert is responsible for developing a curriculum that provides undergraduate students with an introduction to the central place of law and legal institutions in social life. The College of Law offers undergraduate courses, both in Barrett, The Honors College, and for ASU students generally, that range from legal theory topics on the nature of political and legal obligation to studies in global governance. Herbert’s interest in undergraduate legal education began while a law student at University of Virginia School of Law and continued to develop as a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. She came to believe that a well-ordered democratic society demands a citizenry that understands what it means to live within a political system premised on the rule of law, and that law schools could make a significant contribution to undergraduate education in this area without taking away from their central mission of graduate education. Prior to coming to ASU, Herbert was a faculty member in University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs where she taught courses in international law and international organizations. She continues to teach in the international law field, as well as developing courses on U.S. law and institutions and legal theory.


Herbert’s legal and academic careers have focused on international law, in both the private and public sectors. From practicing law in New York and San Francisco, and as a law clerk in Rotterdam, she has broad experience in private international law, ranging from commercial transactional work to ICC arbitrations and complex litigations involving multiple national fora. She has also been an assistant to the director of the United Nations Legal Office for the General Assembly (New York). And she received Ford Foundation grant support to join the UN legal staff during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janiero.


Herbert’s academic research interests also are concerned with the relationship between the private and public sectors in international law. She is particularly interested in studying the role international institutions play in the development of international legal norms. Her work in this area lies at the intersection of international legal history, international relations, and political theory. Her current focus is on the emergence of the human rights discourse in 20th century international relations, and she is completing a study of the League of Nations work in developing international law against trafficking in persons.


Assistant: Zelda Graham

Curriculum Vitae

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1989

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1983