Caroline Kaeb

Kaeb, Caroline

Visiting Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship

Phone: (312) 503-2646

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Caroline Kaeb is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches Corporate Compliance and the Social Mandate, Corporations, European Union, and European Business Law. Prof. Kaeb is also an affiliated faculty member at the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Management (by courtesy). Her main areas of research are International Business Law, Comparative Private Law, Corporate Compliance, European Union Law, Law and Social Norms, and International Law. Prof. Kaeb earned her Ph.D. in International Studies (International Law & Economics) from the University of Trento, Italy, with a dissertation that employs a comparative legal understanding of corporate risks, motivational drivers, and unintended consequences in relation to endogenous and exogenous measures of corporate social responsibility implementation, particularly liability litigation in the United States and Europe.  She holds a law degree from the University of Erlangen, Germany, where she specialized in Public International Law and European Union Law, and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School.

Prof. Kaeb has been a Teaching Assistant in the Social Enterprise Program at the Kellogg School of Management. She served as a consultant on social investment and innovative business strategies with “Mission Measurement LLC,” a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, and was a consultant with the “Global Network Initiative” on freedom of expression and privacy rights in information and communication technologies. Prof. Kaeb’s law review article on corporate compliance, co-authored with Professor David Scheffer, was published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law (2011).

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Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Comparative Private Law
  • European Union Law
  • European Business Law
  • Corporate Compliance

Selected Publications

  • The Paradox of Kiobel in Europe, Agora on ‚ÄúTransnational Human Rights Litigation After Kiobel" in 107 american journal of international law (2013, forthcoming) (with David Scheffer).
  • The Five Levels of CSR Compliance: The Resiliency of Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute and the Case for a Counterattack Strategy in Compliance Theory in 29 berkeley journal of international law 334-397 (2011) (with David Scheffer) [republished in: HUMAN RIGHTS AND NON-STATE ACTORS (Andrew Clapham ed.) (2013, forthcoming)].
  • Emerging Issues of Human Rights Responsibility in the Extractive and Manufacturing Industries: Patterns and Liability Risks in 6 northwestern journal of international human rights 327-353 (2008).


  • PhD, University of Trento, School of International Studies
  • LLM in International and Comparative Law, George Washington University
  • First State Examination, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Research Associate, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Teaching Assistant, Social Enterprise Program, Kellogg School of Management
  • Legal Trainee, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Intern, International Labour Organization