Stephen J. Schnably

Professor of Law

J.D. 1981, Harvard Law School
A.B. 1976, Harvard College

Phone: 305-284-4817
Office: G472

Stephen J. Schnably, professor of law, received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he served as notes editor of the Law Review.

Following graduation, Professor Schnably served as law clerk to Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and studied at University College, Oxford, on a Knox Fellowship.

Prior to joining the University of Miami School of Law faculty in 1988, he was an attorney with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), engaged primarily in litigation practice and in international arbitration.

Professor Schnably is a cooperating attorney with the ACLU in Pottinger v. City of Miami. The Pottinger consent decree, approved by the federal district court in 1998 and modified in 2014, has been hailed as “the gold standard” in civil rights litigation to protect the constitutional rights of homeless persons. Professor Schnably works with current Miami Law students to monitor compliance with the decree.

Professor Schnably served as associate dean from 2000-2005.


Going Rogue: Stop the Beach Renourishment as an Object of Morbid Fascination, 64 Hastings L.J. 83 (2012).

Comment: The Lessons of International Human Rights Law for the Protection of Foreign Investors, 42 U. Miami Int.-Am. L. Rev. 275 (2011).

Emerging International Law Constraints on Constitutional Structure and Revision: A Preliminary Appraisal, 62 U. Miami L. Rev. 417 (2008).

The OAS and Constitutionalism: Lessons from Recent West African Experience, 33 Syracuse J. Int'l Law & Commerce 263 (2005).

Constitutionalism and Democratic Government in the Inter-American System, 155-98 Democratic Governance and International Law (2000).

Integrating International Law Into the First-Year Property Course, 93 AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. PROC. 359 (1999).

Alejandre v. Republic of Cuba [Cuban Liability For Shooting Down Civil Aircraft], 92 AM. J. INT'L L. 768-773 (1998).

International Human Rights Law & Practice: Cases, Treaties & Materials, (1997).

Rights of Access and the Right to Exclude: The Case of Homelessness, Property Law on the Threshold of the 21st Century 553-72 (1996).

Phone: 305-284-4817
Office: G472
Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

Phone: 305-284-4442
Office: G463

Area of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Federalism
  • International Human Rights