Ken Abbott
Professor of Law
Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott’s teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program.  Before joining the faculty in 2006, Abbott taught for more than 25 years at Northwestern University School of Law, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair in Law and Commerce. He also served as director of the Northwestern University Center for International and Comparative Studies. He participates actively in conferences and research projects in both international law and international relations and has spoken and taught in many countries. He has served as Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. He also practiced law at Harris Beach LLP in Rochester, N.Y., served in the VISTA Lawyer’s Program, and was a research fellow at Harvard Law School. Professor Abbott is a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.

Allen E Buchanan
James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Law
Duke University

Allen Buchanan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at Duke. He is also a Distinguished Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and a Research Professor at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he spends the spring semester. His research and teaching are mainly in Bioethics, with special emphasis on the application of genome science-based technologies to humans, Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of International Law. His most recent books are “Beyond Humanity: The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement” and “Better Than Human: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Ourselves.” He is currently spending six weeks as a research fellow at the Forschung Kolleg in Bad Homburg, an affiliate of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Peter de Marneffe
Professor of Philosophy, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Arizona State University

Peter de Marneffe writes about liberty and liberalism, individual rights, and government paternalism. He is the author of Liberalism and Prostitution (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Legalization of Drugs with Doug Husak (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1989, and wrote his dissertation, “Liberalism and Education,” under the direction of John Rawls and Thomas Scanlon. He has been a visiting fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University.


David Gartner
Professor of Law
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

David Gartner teaches Constitutional Law, International Institutions, Foreign Relations Law, and Global Health Law and Policy. His current research focuses on the role of innovative international institutions and non-state actors in shaping international law and the response to global challenges in areas such as global health, development, education, and the environment. He is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the faculty, Professor Gartner was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.



Kristen Hessler
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Albany

Kristen Hessler received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on political philosophy (especially issues in global justice, human rights, and international law) and bioethics (with a focus on environmental and agricultural issues). She has published articles on human rights law, international justice, and ethical issues concerning biotechnology in agriculture. She teaches courses in ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy.



Benedict Kingsbury
Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law
Director, Institute for International Law and Justice

Kingsbury’s research and publications reflect a strong commitment to a broad, theoretically-grounded approach to international law, closely integrating work in legal theory, political theory (including international relations theory), and history. With NYU colleague Richard Stewart, he initiated and directs the IILJ’s Global Administrative Law Research Project, a pioneering approach to issues of accountability and participation in global governance which includes several books and journal symposia and more than 150 scholarly papers. This has been extended into a project and article on Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance (2012), and an edited book on Governance by Indicators (OUP, 2012). He has sought to make an ethical case for sovereignty and for a critical positivism in international law. He is prominent among legal scholars who have argued for the importance and explanatory power of constructivist approaches to concepts such as “compliance” and “indigenous peoples.” In works on the Grotian tradition in international law, and on such writers as Alberico Gentili (1552-1608) and Lassa Oppenheim, he has traced the role of particular theories of international society and international politics in the history of international law. Two of his co-edited books on Gentili’s work were published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and 2010, when he also became an Honorary Citizen of San Ginesio, Gentili’s birthplace.

Dino Kritsiotis
Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Nottingham, School of Law

Dino Kritsiotis is Professor of Public International Law in the University of Nottingham, where he has taught since October 1994. Professor Kritsiotis completed his law studies at the University of Wales College of Cardiff, and at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his LL.M. in international law with distinction in June 1992. He also holds a Diploma of International Humanitarian Law, also awarded with distinction, by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1993. His teaching and research interests concern international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, general international law, as we as the history and theory of international law. He is widely published in these fields. Professor Kritsiotis is a regular member of the visiting faculty at the University of Michigan Law School, where he has held the L. Bates Lea Visiting Professorship in Law (2005-2008), and he has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and at the University of Cape Town. In the summer of 2011, he will be a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he will teach a seminar entitled “Imperial International Law.” He sits on the editorial boards for the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (Oxford University Press), the Human Rights Law Review (Oxford University Press), Human Rights & Human Welfare ( and the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Juta Publishing).

David Lefkowitz
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
University of Richmond




Jeffrie G. Murphy
Regents’ Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Jeffrie G. Murphy’s primary teaching and research areas are philosophy of law and jurisprudence, criminal law, ethics and religion, moral philosophy (including moral psychology), philosophy in literature/law and literature, and Kant’s moral, political and legal philosophy. Murphy is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory of punishment, forgiveness and mercy, and the moral emotions. Most recently, he has published the book, Punishment and the Moral Emotions–Essays in Law, Morality, and Religion (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the article, “Remorse, Apology, and Mercy” (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law), which was included in the Criminal Law Conversations book project at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and published by Oxford University Press. A frequent lecturer at conferences and meetings, Professor Murphy gave, at the invitation of the Divinity Faculty, four Stanton Lectures at Cambridge University in 2010.

Steve Ratner
Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law
University of Michigan School of Law

Steven R. Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, came to the University of Michigan Law School in 2004 from the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focus on public international law and on a range of challenges facing governments and international institutions since the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies, corporate and state duties regarding foreign investment, and accountability for human rights violations. Prof. Ratner has written and lectured extensively on the law of war, and is also interested in the intersection of international law and moral philosophy and other theoretical issues. A member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law from 1998-2008, he began his legal career as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department. In 1998-1999, he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to a three-person group of experts to consider options for bringing the Khmer Rouge to justice, and he has since advised governments, NGOs, and international organizations on a range of international law issues. In 2008-2009, he served in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Since 2009, he has served on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Prof. Ratner holds a JD from Yale, an MA from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva), and an AB from Princeton. In 2010-2011, he was a member of the UN’s three-person Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, which advised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on human rights violations related to the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. He established and directs the Law School’s externship program in Geneva.

Mathias Risse
Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Mathias Risse works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy.) His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Nous; the Journal of Political Philosophy; and Social Choice and Welfare. Risse studied philosophy, mathematics, and mathematical economics at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Pittsburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Princeton University. He received his BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. His current book, called On Global Justice,will be published by Princeton University Press in 2012.

Brad R. Roth
Professor of Law
Wayne State University

Professor Roth holds a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science. He specializes in international law, comparative public law, and political and legal theory. His courses include International Law, International Protection of Human Rights, International Prosecution of State Actors, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, and Political Theory of Public Law. Before entering academia, he practiced law and served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He is the author of Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 2011), Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), contributing co-editor (with Gregory H. Fox) of Democratic Governance and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and author of roughly 30 book chapters, journal articles and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.

Daniel Rothenberg
Professor of Practice and Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law
Arizona State University

Daniel Rothenberg has more than 15 years of experience combining field research, project management and scholarship on international human rights and the rule of law. His research focuses on human rights documentation and analysis and transitional justice, with a focus on genocide, truth commissions and post-conflict reconstruction. Rothenberg has designed and managed rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout Latin America including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies, support gender justice and collect and analyze thousands of first-person narratives from victims of severe human rights violations.



Greg Schaffer
Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School

Professor Shaffer’s publications include Dispute Settlement at the WTO: The Developing Country Experience (with Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Cambridge UP, 2010), When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (with Mark Pollack, Oxford UP, 2009), Defending Interests: Public-Private Partnerships in WTO Litigation (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), Transatlantic Governance in the Global Economy (with Mark Pollack, Rowman & Littlefield 2001), and over 60 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization’s impact on domestic regulation. Professor Shaffer’s work is cross-disciplinary and empirical, addressing such topics as public-private networks in international trade litigation; comparative institutional approaches to trade-social policy conflicts; and national regulation in global context.

Chantal Thomas
Professor of Law
Cornell Law School

Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor Thomas teaches in the areas of Law and Development and International Economic Law. Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Thomas chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and also served on the University of Minnesota and Fordham University law faculties. She has been a Visiting Professor teaching international economic law at institutions such as the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and Soochow University in China. Professor Thomas has consulted for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs, and she currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Professor Thomas focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of contexts. Her recent writings include: Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (with Joel Trachtman, Oxford University Press 2009); Law and Neoclassical Economic Development: Toward an Institutionalist Critique of Institutionalism, 96 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 101 (2011); and Migrant Domestic Workers in Egypt: A Case Study of the Economic Family in Global Context, 58 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 987 (2010).


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