Professor Cindy Buys | School of Law | SIU

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Professor Cindy Buys

International Teaching
Cindy juding Jessup in Ireland
Professor Buys acting as Chief Judge in the national rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition in Dublin in March 2015. She's awarding the trophy to the winning team of University College Cork.  
Cindy and Sarah at BU

Professor Buys was a visiting professor at Bangor University in Wales during her spring 2015 sabbatical. 

Professor Buys with Professor Sarah Nason, her co-teacher at Bangor University Law School in Bangor Wales.  They taught the International Law of Human Rights this spring.

She was conducting empirical research on treaty-making practices of states and, more particularly, the use of reservations and other conditions by states when ratifying treaties.

Cindy at LlanfairProfessor Buys in front of a sign for the Welsh town with the longest name in the world. 

Legal Globalization: Cuba

In 2014 and 2016, Professor Buys taught a class on Legal Globalization and Comparative Law that focused on the many changes in laws and business practices underway in Cuba. The class included a week-long summer trip to Cuba where the group met with lawyers, small business owners, and academics to learn about those changes in practice. Professor Buys plans to take another group of students to Cuba in 2018.

Summer Cuba tripProfessor Buys with SIU School of Law students and SIU students at The Viñales Mural de la Prehistoria the work of the former Director of Mapping at the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Leovigildo González Morillo.

Professor Buys also directed and taught in a Summer Study Abroad Program in Ireland and Wales for eight years. She maintains professional relationships with faculty at National University of Ireland Galway, University College Dublin, and Bangor University in Wales. 

Connecting Students to the Global Community

Professor Buys coaches moot court teams that compete in appellate moot court competitions focused on immigration law issues. She coached teams that participated in the National Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition  - bringing home the Best Brief Award three years in a row and several oralist awards.  

She also oversees the Immigration Detention Project through which SIU law students have the opportunity to visit the Pulaksi County Detention Center in Ullin, IL, and provide Know Your Rights information to immigration detainees being held there by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Immigration Detention Group

2017 Immigration Detention Project Group before heading to Pulaksi County Detention Center, in Ullin, Illinois.

Professor Buys serves as an abitrator for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) disputes. In September 2012, she traveled with her research assistant to Washington, DC to participate in an oral hearing as an arbitrator in an antidumping dispute between the U.S. and Mexico under the auspices of NAFTA.

Professional Engagement

Co-founder and Editor, International Law Professors Blog.     

In the last year, Professor Buys has given several presentations to bar associations, national conferences, and university and community audiences on the refugee crisis, consular notification and access, international criminal law, and immigration law.  She holds leadership positions in the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the United Nations Association–Southern Illinois Chapter. She also is a member of the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force.

Selected Research & Scholarship

Irreconcilable? Trump’s EO and the INA, 1 The Refuge (ABA International Refugee Law Committee Newsletter) 2 (March 2017). 

The Power to Punish Piracies and other Offenses against the Law of Nations, in The Powers of the U.S. Congress: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends (ABC CLIO) (2016).

Conditions in U.S. Treaty Practice: New Data and Insights on a Growing Phenomenon, 14 Santa Clara J. Int’l Law 363 (2016).

Does the Immigration and Nationality Act Allow Discrimination Based on Religion? vol. 53, no. 7 The Globe (June 2016).

 Illinois Adopts New Law to Better Implement Consular Notification and Access, vol. 53, no. 2, The Globe (Oct. 2015).

 Examples of International and Foreign Law in United States Supreme Court Decisions, Section Newsletter for the Section on International Law, American Association of Law Schools (Fall 2015).

 International Human Rights, 50 ABA International legal Developments Year-in-Review: 2015 471 (with Noor Ahmad, Hon. Del Atwood, Jeffrey L. Bleich and Nicholas J. Leddy).

Guide to Research on Vienna Convention on Consular Relations Notification Requirements, 2015 Update, Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University Law School, available at

Public Act 099-0190, amending the IL Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (on consular notification and access),

The Continued Need for Better Implementation of Consular Notification and Access, vol. 61, no. 3, The Globe (Mar. 2015).

New Business Opportunities in Cuba, vol. 52, no. 5, The Globe (Jan. 2015).

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