Professor of Law
Professor Kontorovich’s research spans the fields of constitutional law, international law, and law and economics. He has authored a series of papers that extend "transaction cost" analysis from private law to constitutional law. Prof. Kontorovich is also a leading expert on maritime piracy, universal jurisdiction and international criminal law. His scholarship has been relied on in important foreign relations cases in the federal courts, and historic piracy cases in the U.S. and abroad. He is working on a book, Justice at Sea: Piracy and the Limits of International Criminal Law, under contract with Harvard University Press.
Prof. Kontorovich has also written and lectured extensively about the legal aspects of the Israel-Arab conflict.
He went to college and law school at the University of Chicago, where he also taught for two years as a visiting professor. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a professor at George Mason University Law School.
During the previous academic year, Prof. Kontorovich was honored with the Bator Award, given by the Federalist Society to leading professors under 40, as well as with a resident membership at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Areas of Expertise
- International Law
- Law and Economics
- Constitutional Law
- An Economic Analysis of Fact Witness Payment in 3 journal of legal analysis 139-164 (2011) (with Ezra Friedman).
- An Empirical Examination of Universal Jurisdiction for Piracy in 104 american journal of international law (2010) (with Steven Art).
- The Constitutionality of International Courts: The Forgotten Precedent of Slave-Trade Tribunals in 158 university of pennsylvania law review 39-115 (2009).
- The ‘Define and Punish’ Clause and Universal Jurisdiction: Recovering the Lost Limits in 103 northwestern university law review .
- What Standing Is Good For in 93 virginia law review 1663-1727 (2007).
- The Constitution in Two Dimensions: A Transaction Cost Analysis of Constitutional Remedies in 91 virginia law review 1135 (2005).
- BA, University of Chicago
- JD, University of Chicago
- Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law