Thomas D. Grant

Biographical & professional information

Thomas D. Grant is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and senior associate of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.


Dr Grant has served as legal advisor to governments, international organizations, corporate clients, and two U.S. presidential election campaigns. For over ten years at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, he served as senior associate to Prof. James Crawford (former member, International Law Commission, current nominee to the International Court of Justice), in which capacity he assisted in a wide range of international law matters. Cases on which Dr Grant has worked include both contentious and advisory proceedings before the International Court of Justice, maritime disputes under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, investment arbitrations under ICSID rules, commercial arbitrations under ICC rules, maritime delimitation negotiations, continental shelf claims, international claims settlement processes, hydrocarbon production sharing agreements under treaty law and special constitutional settlements, international water rights disputes, and litigation in U.S. federal court arising out of the Alien Tort Claims Act. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Supreme Court and is available for consultations and engagements as advocate and advisor.


Dr Grant's teaching area is international law, with a focus on international dispute settlement. He has lectured the international law paper at Cambridge (Part Ib) and supervised graduate students in law and international relations at Cambridge and Oxford. He also has lectured UK armed forces short courses, assisted in delivering the annual Lauterpacht Centre course to junior diplomats of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the international dispute settlement course at the Graduate Institute (Geneva), the international law & international relations summer course at the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, and is Visiting Professor for the masters law course at the Catholic University of Lille. Articles by Dr Grant have been published in academic, professional, and policy journals, including the American Journal of International Law, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and European Journal of International Law. He is author of several books, the most recent of which concerns legal controls on admission to membership and participation in the United Nations [more details]. He has served as confidential assessor of manuscript submissions to Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, USIP Press, and a number of academic journals. Dr Grant is a co-founder and a General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press / University of Geneva); a Foreign Correspondent Editor of International Legal Materials (American Society of International Law); and a contributing author of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (3rd ed). Together with Judge William Blair and Richard Brent, Dr Grant is co-editor of Banks and Financial Crime: The International Law of Tainted Money (2nd ed, Oxford, anticipated 2014).

Biographical (selected)

  • Born 1969, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • High School: North Attleborough, Massachusetts, 1987
  • College: Harvard, BA, summa cum laude, 1991
  • Law School: Yale, 1994
  • Law clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals (1st Circuit), 1994–1995
  • Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University, UK, 1995–1999
  • Ph.D. (international law), supervised by Christopher Greenwood and James Crawford, Cambridge University, 2000
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Federal Chancellor Scholar, Max-Planck Institute, Heidelberg, Germany, 1999–2000
  • Warburg Junior Research Fellow, St. Anne's College, Oxford University, 2000–2002
  • Jennings Randolph Senior Research Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, 2007–2008
  • Policy advisor, headquarters staff, McCain 2008, Crystal City, Virginia, August 2008–November 2008
  • Defence policy working group, member, Romney 2012
  • Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, 2002–present
  • Senior associate, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University, 2002–present
  • Edward Teller National Fellow and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2013–2014


Committee work: British Fulbright Scholars Association, Treasurer (2004–6); Harvard United Kingdom Scholarship Committee (2003–7); Chairman, Republicans Abroad UK (2009–2013). Hobbies: English and American literature; physical training; music.