Juliet Sorensen

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law with the law school’s Center for International Human Rights, where her teaching and research interests include international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is a founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary partnership that analyzes access to health in resource limited settings. Professor Sorensen received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Master’s in Public Health Program in 2014 and 2015. In 2010, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association's Global Anti-Corruption Task Force. In 2015, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights Working Group on Crimes Against Humanity. Professor Sorensen serves on the screening committee that assists Senator Durbin in selecting federal district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois.

From 2003-2010, Professor Sorensen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, focusing on fraud and public corruption. Prior to her work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a litigation associate and a federal judicial clerk in Boston. She was also a maternal and child health volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco from 1995 to 1997. She received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars and the Federal Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Sorensen was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2000-2005), and was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs “Emerging Leader” (2008-2010).  She has taught trial advocacy on behalf of the Department of Justice to prosecutors in South America and West Africa.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Court
  • Public Health and Human Rights


  • AB, Princeton University
  • JD, Columbia University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Chicago
  • Litigation Associate, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. George O’Toole, D.Mass., Boston

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