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Dr. Eric J. Lobsinger

Teaching Fellow, Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center
Regular Member
111 F Street NW
Room 340
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 662-9646
Fax: (202) 662-9682

Law School: Washington University in St. Louis (2003)
Foreign Languages: Japanese

Practice Areas:

Eric J. Lobsinger

United States Coast Guard, Washington, DC Apr. 2007 - present
Judge Advocate (Attorney) – Office of Claims & Litigation
Flag Aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Coast Guard
Draft motions and pleadings to defend the Coast Guard against suits. Assist Department of Justice attorneys in admiralty and maritime claims. Provide logistical support to the Judge Advocate General of the Coast Guard.


Kyushu University, Graduate School of Law, Fukuoka, Japan
LL.D. (International Economic & Business Law), Dec. 2007
Monbukagakusho Scholar (Japanese Government Scholar)
Dissertation: “Terrorism and the Global Supply Chain: A Study on the Legal Relationship between Counterterrorism Measures that Secure Maritime Trade and Efforts to Combat Terrorist Funding”

National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law, Singapore
Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Visiting Scholar, Jan. 2006

Kyushu University, Graduate School of Law, Fukuoka, Japan
LL.M. (International Economic & Business Law), Sept. 2004
Monbukagakusho Scholar (Japanese Government Scholar)
Master’s Thesis: “Trade and Terrorism: GATT Article XXI”

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D., June 2003
Presidential Management Internship (Fellowship) Finalist

Washington University, College of Arts and Sciences, St. Louis, Missouri
A.B. cum laude (History), May 2000
Honor’s Thesis: “America’s Other Founders: The Ideology of the Loyalists in the American Revolution”

Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, United Kingdom
Study Abroad Program, Jan. 1999 – June 1999


Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 2004 – Nov. 2004
Kyushu University Team Leader
Directed the drafting of briefs and oral presentations for simulated international negotiation and arbitration competition in Tokyo. Coordinated research on UNIDROIT Principles and international legal precedent for team members one month prior to competition.

Vis Int’l Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria
Oct. 2003 – April 2004 Kyushu University Team Captain and Oralist
Managed preparation of team’s research and composition of claimant and respondent briefs six months before Vienna competition. Facilitated significant research on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG).


U.S. House Int’l Relations Comm., Washington, D.C.
Jan. 2003 – May 2003
Legal Intern – Washington University School of Law Legislative Law Clinic
Contributed analysis for attorneys in entire House Committee and Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights. Reviewed proposed legislation and conducted research on legal implications of counterterrorism measures. Prepared legislative hearings and mark-ups.

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
June 2002 – Feb. 2003
Research Assistant to Professor Ronald M. Levin
Researched cases and provided analysis on remedial issues in administrative law. Provided research assistance to Professor Levin for his article “‘Vacation’ at Sea: Judicial Remedies and Equitable Discretion in Administrative Law,” 53 Duke Law Journal 291 (2003).

U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
June 2002 – Aug. 2002
Legal Intern – Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
Researched, analyzed, and drafted an international anti-human trafficking statute. Developed Department of Justice presentations for congressional hearings. Investigated constitutional issues involved in proposed criminal statutes and drafted memos containing recommendations for improvements.

National Rifle Association, Fairfax, Virginia
June 2001 – Aug. 2001
Summer Associate – Office of Legislative Counsel
Drafted briefs and conducted client interviews for criminal defense cases. Assisted attorneys in constitutional litigation for federal and state courts. Participated in legislative review meetings to analyze constitutional sustainability of legislation.


“The Future of Maritime Security and Regional Cooperation in East Asia: The ReCAAP, the PSI, and the Tokyo MOU”
chapter in a book compiled by the Royal Australian Navy (2008) (forthcoming)

“Post-9/11 Security in a Post-WWII World: The Question of Compatibility of Maritime Security Efforts with Trade Rules and International Law”
32 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 61 (2007)

“Diminishing Borders in Trade and Terrorism: An Examination of Regional Applicability of GATT Article XXI National Security Trade Sanctions”
13 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 99 (2006)

“A National Model for Reconciling Equal Protection for Same-Sex Couples with State Marriage Amendments: Alaska Civil Liberties Union ex rel. Carter v. Alaska”
23 Alaska Law Review 117 (2006)

“Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: A Window on EU Integration”
1 Hanse Law Review 236 (2005) – available on-line at


Kyushu University Law Alumni Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan 15-16 Feb. 2009
Conference Panelist
Will present a paper on the changing dynamics of maritime boundaries and the legal understanding of international maritime claims, especially as applicable in Sino-Japan relations.

Royal Australian Sea Power Conference 2008, Sydney, Australia
29-31 Jan. 2008
Conference Panelist
Presented a paper titled The Future of Maritime Security and Regional Cooperation in East Asia: The ReCAAP, the PSI, and the Tokyo MOU. Panelists included naval leaders and maritime scholars from throughout the Pacific and Pacific rim, including the U.S., China, Japan, and Singapore.

The 3rd Asian Law Institute Annual Conference, Shanghai, China 24-26 May 2006
Conference Panelist
Presented a paper titled The Nexus between Trade and Security in Asia. Conference theme was “The Development of Law in Asia: Convergence Versus Divergence?” and was hosted by East China University of Politics and Law.

Global Trade & Development Conference, Orange, California
6-7 Apr. 2006 Conference Panelist
Presented a paper titled Diminishing Borders in Trade and Terrorism: An Examination of Regional Applicability of GATT Article XXI National Security Trade Sanctions. Conference was sponsored by The Center for Global Trade & Development at Chapman University School of Law and the theme was “Are We at War?: Global Conflict & Insecurity Post-9/11.”

Kyushu University Law Alumni Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan
10-11 Feb. 2006
Conference Panelist
Gave a presentation titled Countering Terrorist Funding: Solutions Based on Transparency in Trade. Presentation focused on recent developments in customs regulations for ship containers, especially as implemented in Singapore and pursued as part of U.S. extraterritorial counterterrorism efforts.


American Bar Association
since 2005
Lawyer Member

Maryland State Bar Association
since 2004
Lawyer Member

Moot Alumni Association since 2004
(William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot)

Federalist Society
since 2000
Lawyer Member; Served as president of law school chapter


Bar of Maryland
Admitted 2004


The Episcopal Church, U.S.A., Diocese of Missouri
Candidate for Holy Orders – the Diaconate
Candidate for Deacon’s Orders. Served in various outreach ministries in Japan, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Chair of parish committee that provides financial assistance and relief to the homeless population in Washington, DC. Involved in interfaith, ecumenical efforts to address homelessness.

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