Cindy Buys | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Cindy Buys

Professor of Law

Cindy Buys

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

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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 and study abroad courses. In 2008, Buys was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2015, she was a Visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. She has been named both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2013) and the Outstanding Scholar of the Year (2016). She also was awarded the Illinois State Bar Association Elmer Gertz Award in 2016 for her work advancing human rights. 

Professor Buys 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 is a member of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and serves on the Boards of The Immigration Project and the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project. She also has served 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 international transportation law.

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 numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of economic sanctions, shipping law, trade law, arbitration, immigration law, consular relations law, U.S. treaty law and practice, and the intersection between U.S. constitutional law and international law.