Karen J. Alter

Professor of Political Science and Law (Courtesy)


Karen J. Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts Center for Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, and the co-director Research Group on Global Capitalism and Law at the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University.

Alter’s expertise concerns global and regional judicialization of international relations, with a particular focus on international adjudication.

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Selected Publications

  • The Empire of International Law?, 113 American Journal of International Law 183 (2019).
  • International Court Authority, co-edited by Laurence R. Helfer, & Mikael Rask Madsen, edited with Laurence R. Helfer, & Mikael Rask Madsen (2018).
  • Theorizing the Judicialization of International Relations, 63 International Studies Quarterly 449 (2019) (with Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton & Laurence Helfer).
  • Backlash Against International Courts in West, East and Southern Africa: Causes & Consequences, 27 European Journal of International Law 293 (2016) (with James Thuo Gatthi, and Laurence R. Helfer).
  • New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press 2014).

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  • BA, Cornell University
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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