Professor Helfman graduated from Yale Law School in 2006, where she was the Yale Journal of International Law Young Scholar of the Year and the recipient of the Joseph Parker Prize for Legal History. An undergraduate alumna of Queens College (1999), she was one of the first two recipients of a British Marshall Scholarship from the City University of New York. She went on to pursue advanced degrees in intellectual history and legal theory from Cambridge University and University College London.
Professor Helfman teaches Contracts, Constitutional Law I, Law of the Sea, and International Law. Her primary research interests are public international law and legal history. She is the coauthor with Edgar McManus of the two-volume Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States (Routledge: 2014). Before joining the College of Law, Professor Helfman was an Associate at the New York office of Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP, in the International Dispute Resolution and Securities & White Collar Crime Practice Groups. Her practice experience informs and enriches her teaching.
Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States
(Routledge: 2014)(with Edgar J. McManus).
Two-volume edition with web supplement
Concise edition with web supplement
Francis Biddle and the Nuremberg Legacy: Waking the Human Conscience
15 Journal Jurisprudence 353 (2012).
Nasty, Brutish and False: Rousseau's State in the International Order
39 Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce 357 (2012).
Marauders in the Courts: Why the Federal Courts Have Got the Problem of Maritime Piracy (Partly) Wrong
62 Syracuse Law Review 999 (2012).
Land Ownership and the Origins of Fiduciary Duty
41 Real Property Probate & Trust Journal 651 (2006).
Note: The Court of Vice-Admiralty at Sierra Leone and the Abolition of the West African Slave Trade
115 Yale Law Journal 1122 (2006).
Essay: Neutrality, the Law of Nations and the Natural Law Tradition
30 Yale Journal of International Law 549 (2005).
The Law of Nations in The Federalist Papers
23 Journal of Legal History 190 (2002).
Commerce on Trial: Neutral Rights and Private Warfare in the Seven Years’ War
Trade and War: The Neutrality of Commerce in the Inter-State System 14, (Koen Stapelbroek ed., 2011).
Gay Marriage, the Court and Federalism: How the Justices Should Decide
Commentary (May 2013).
Terrorism and Piracy: The New Alliance
Commentary 30 (February 2011) (with Dan O’Shea).
Annual Workshop of the American Society of International Law's International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group, Yale Law School (December 2013)
Disputes and the Regime of Islands and Rocks Under the Law of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: The South China Sea Dispute
Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, New York City (October 2013)
Prosecuting Maritime Piracy in the United States
Law & Security: Perspectives from the Field and Beyond, Herzliya Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (Syracuse University), and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Herzliya, Israel (July 2013)
Moderator, Film Showing and Panel Discussion, “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today”
Syracuse University, Remembrance Week (April 2013)
The Fiduciary Origins of the Laws of Diplomatic Protection
Roundtable on International Law and Fiduciary Duty, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI (June 2012).
“At Peace with All the World”: The United States and Neutral Rights in the Early Republic
Third European Congress on World and Global History, London School of Economics, England (April 2011).
“Experience the Oracle of Truth”: The Influence of European History on the American Founders
“Reforming the European State System in the Long Eighteenth Century,” European Science Foundation, Vadstena, Sweden (September 2008).
“Trade and War: Neutral Commerce in the Inter-State System,” Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland (August 2007).
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