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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Lee C Buchheit, Diploma (Cam), J.D. (Pennsylvania Law School), A.B. (Middlebury College)

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Visiting Professorial Fellow


Lee C. Buchheit retired (after 43 years) from the private practice of law in early 2019. Mr Buchheit’s practice focused on international and corporate transactions, including Eurocurrency financial transactions, sovereign debt management, privatization and project finance. Over the course of his career, Mr Buchheit practiced in Washington, D.C., London, New York and Hong Kong.

Mr Buchheit is the author of two books in the field of international law and more than 40 articles on professional matters. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the School for International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (1994-97), as a Visiting Professor at Chuo University in Japan (1997-98), as a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School (2000), as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School (2005), as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duke University Law School (2006-07), and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School (2008). Mr Buchheit is a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Law School. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1975 and a Diploma in International Law from Cambridge University in 1976. Mr Buchheit received an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.



  • Sovereign Debt Management (Oxford University Press, 2013) (co-editor with Rosa M. Lastra)
  • How to Negotiate Eurocurrency Loan Agreements (Euromoney Publications, 1995; Second Edition 2000)
  • Secession: The Legitimacy of Self‑Determination (Yale University Press, 1978)
  • The Role of the Lawyer in External Debt Management (United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Document No. 5, December 1995)
  • Sovereign Debtors and Their Bondholders (UNITAR Training Programs on Foreign Economic Relations, Document No. 1, Feb. 2000)
  • Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, No. 198, April 2010) (with G. Mitu Gulati).
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