Melissa is a member of the firm’s litigation, health, and intellectual property law groups, with significant experience working on complex commercial litigations and international arbitrations. Melissa has tried cases in federal court in Massachusetts, New York, and California and has appeared before the world’s leading dispute resolution bodies, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She has represented a wide range of clients, including individuals, non-profit organizations, foreign and domestic corporations, international organizations, and sovereign governments.
Melissa received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Global Law Scholar and Articles Editor for the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and Masters in Law from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo).
Prior to her legal career, Melissa worked in the field of global health, coordinating research grants at Harvard University and working as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Boston-based NGO, Partners In Health. Melissa is a violinist and enjoys playing with music groups and classical ensembles.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Mélida Hodgson and Melissa Stewart, Experts in Investor-State Arbitration: The Tribunal as Gatekeeper, J. Int’l Dispute Settlement (April 2018).
Guest Lecturer, “Philippines v. China (The South China Sea Arbitration): A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Promise and Limits of International Law in the Peaceful Resolution of Disputes Between States,” Indiana University (2018).
Guest Lecturer, “International Law and Natural Disasters: Applicable Law and Gaps in the International Legal Framework,” Indiana University (2018).
Melissa Stewart, Joseph Klingler, and Nicholas Renzler, International Courts: The South China Sea Arbitration Award, American Bar Association the Year in Review (2017).
Guest Lecturer, “Legal Perspectives on Humanitarian Assistance: an Introduction to International Law, Refugee Law, Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law,” Harvard University Humanitarian Initiative (2015).
Melissa Stewart, co-author, Banks and Human Rights, UNEP Finance Initiative and Foley Hoag (2015).
Melissa Stewart and Anthony Rufo, The Categorical Approach and the Applicability of Johnson v. United States to Immigration Law, Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Newsletter (2015).
Melissa Stewart (co-author) Principles, Text & Commentary, International Migrants Bill of Rights, 28 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 9 (2013).
Melissa Stewart, Current Development in the International Field, “Rotting of the Flower”: Persecution of the Rohingya Threatens Myanmar’s Democratic Transition & Further Imperils the Right to a Nationality, 27 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 473 (2012).
Melissa Stewart, Current Development in the International Field, Holland Administration Continues Discriminatory Deportations of Roma in France, 27 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 247 (2012).