Beatrice A. Walton is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group.
Ms. Walton joined Debevoise in 2022. From 2018 – 2019, she served as judicial fellow at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. From 2019 – 2020, Ms. Walton clerked for the Hon. William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 2020 – 2021, for the Hon. Debra Ann Livingston, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ms. Walton received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Prize in international law, the Ambrose Gherini Prize for best paper in public and private international law, and the Oxford University Press Student Deák Award. During her time in law school, Ms. Walton was selected as a Herbert J. Hansell Student Fellow and as a Kerry Fellow, in which capacity she worked on policy projects with former Secretary of State John Kerry. She was also a member of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Ms. Walton served as an assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Crimes Against Humanity at the UN International Law Commission, and to a defense team at the International Criminal Court. Ms. Walton received a M.Phil. degree with Distinction from the University of Cambridge in 2015 and an A.B. summa cum laude with Highest Honors from Harvard College in 2014.
Ms. Walton is author or co-author of several pieces, including “Jus Ex Bello and IHL: States’ Obligations When Withdrawing from Armed Conflict,” International Review of the Red Cross (2021), as well as the chapter on “Immunities” in Public International Law: A Multi-Perspective Approach (Hauck et al. eds. 2024). Other articles and entries have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, International Maritime Boundaries, the Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights, and in Oxford University encyclopedias, including on the law of international organizations. She is the co-author of the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Problem.