Eugene Kontorovich

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.

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Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Constitutional Law

Selected Publications

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  • BA, University of Chicago
  • JD, University of Chicago

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

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