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Harvard Law School faculty’s work is redefining international scholarship. New issues and questions arise every day: What are the different models world-wide for constitutional review, corporate governance, or local government? How do they compare, and how are they linked to the core values of the societies from which they emerge? Where does the Internet exist in legal time and space? What do treaties on international adoption have to do with child advocacy at home? How do we reconcile conflicting views on the regulation of the marketplace? The list goes on and on.

International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School does not just refer to a particular type of course. Rather it encompasses an awareness of and engagement with the world that HLS professors embody: in their research, their teaching, their backgrounds, their field work, their public service, and their collaborations with scholars around the world.

As well, each year several professors from other legal systems teach at HLS, and HLS faculty members teach or research in countries around the world, often involving Harvard law students. As affiliated faculty, distinguished scholars from other Harvard schools and programs also join us throughout the year.

Examples of faculty efforts include:

  • Through the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Professors William Alford and Michael Stein are playing an active role in China, Bangladesh, South Africa and other nations, working with governments, academics, and civil society on issues related to disability and the law.
  • Professor Deborah Anker is the director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, and conducts international and comparative refugee law research especially in connection with her position as senior researcher with the University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative. She has written gender asylum guidelines and numerous amicus curiae briefs as well as the ninth edition of the refugee law treatise The Law of Asylum (West, 2015).
  • Professor Elizabeth Bartholet has written several articles, op-eds, and chapters in forthcoming books on international adoption policies and testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • Professor Yochai Benkler continues his engagement in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. He is the faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
  • Professor Robert Bordone has developed projects through the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinic to bring conflict management skills to emerging leaders in Middle Eastern and South East Asian conflict zones through Clinic client Seeds of Peace. He travels frequently to teach mutual gains negotiation strategies in Oman and Norway and has worked on negotiation related to energy and indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Professors Gabriella Blum and Philip Heymann received the 2010 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press, 2010).
  • Professor I. Glenn Cohen published Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues (Oxford University Press, 2013), an article on transplant tourism, and
    “This Is Your Brain on Human Rights” in Law and Ethics of Human Rights in 2015.
  • Professor Christine Desan focuses on the international monetary system, the constitutional law of money, constitutional history, political economy, and legal theory, and is the co-founder of Harvard’s Program on the Study of Capitalism. Her recent publications include Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Professor Einer Elhauge, with Damien Geradin, published the second editions of Global Competition Law & Economics (Hart , 2011) and Global Antitrust Law and Economics (Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, 2011).
  • Professor Susan Farbstein, who co-directs the International Human Rights Clinic, is involved in a range of human rights projects around the globe including litigation to advance the right to education in South Africa, promotion of economic, social and cultural rights in Zimbabwe, reform of military policy to increase civilian protection in Myanmar, and accountability for a civilian massacre in Bolivia.
  • Professor Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School. He is also the author of six books, including Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, 2013), and co-author of two textbooks: Constitutional Law, 18th Edition (Foundation Press, 2013) and First Amendment Law, Fifth Edition (Foundation Press, 2013).
  • Professor William W. Fisher is writing, with Talha Syed (SJD ’04), the forthcoming Infection: The Health Crisis in the Developing World and What We Should Do About It (Stanford University Press).
  • Professor Urs Gasser is writing a comparative study on the future of privacy, teaches a course on comparative online privacy, incubated the Digital Asia Hub based in Hong-Kong, a collaborative initiative with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet across Asia, serves as senior advisor to the World Economic Forum’s global Future of the Internet Initiative, and is working with UNICEF on children’s rights and digital technology.
  • Professor Mary Ann Glendon currently serves as a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Her recent publications include, with Carozza and Picker, Comparative Legal Traditions:  Text, Materials and Cases on Western Law (4th ed., West, 2014) and Comparative Legal Traditions in a Nutshell (4th ed. West, 2016).  In 2014, she was appointed to the board of supervisors of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (Vatican Bank).
  • Professor Jack Landman Goldsmith published an article in the November 2015 Harvard Law Review about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zivotofsky v. Kerry asserting that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign governments and make related determinations about foreign territorial sovereignty. He writes frequently about international law and national security law issues on Lawfare, and in April 2016 gave the Sherrill Lecture on international law at Yale Law School.   
  • Professor Howell Jackson published “U.S. Financial Regulation in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis” in Financial Regulation: A Transatlantic Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and with Jeffery Y. Zhang, “Private and Public Enforcement in Securities Regulation” in The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance (2015).
  • Professor David Kennedy is directing HLS’s Institute for Global Law and Policy, a program established to nurture innovative approaches to global policy and provide a platform for new thinking about international legal and institutional arrangements, with particular emphasis on the global South. His recent publications include A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 2016).
  • Professor Reinier Kraakman is researching foreign direct investment by firms located in emerging economies, and is participating in the forthcoming third edition of The Anatomy of Corporate Law (Oxford) which looks at seven jurisdictions: United States, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and Brazil.
  • Dean Martha Minow published In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark (Oxford, 2010), examining how this decision has shaped education policy and practice both in the United States and abroad, and has co-edited with Alex Whiting and Cora True-Frost The First Global Prosecutor (2015). Her work on human rights and transitional societies has included service on the International Independent Commission on Kosovo and the UNHCR project, Imagine Co-Existence.
  • Professor Robert Mnookin was honored by the International Academy of Mediators with a lifetime achievement award, presented to a person who has made exceptional contributions throughout his or her career by personally advancing alternative dispute resolution and inspiring others to do so. Since his last book, Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight (Simon & Schuster, 2010), he has written articles on the International Criminal Court and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Professor Samuel Moyn is engaged in issues of international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. He has written several books on twentieth-century European intellectual history and human rights history, including Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
  • Professor Gerald Neuman recently served a four-year term (2011-2014) as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the monitoring body for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He is also the co-director of the HLS Human Rights Program.
  • Professor Intisar Rabb published Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and edited Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought, with Michael Cook, Asma Sayeed, and Najam Haider, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). As director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, she is in the process of launching SHARIAsource, an online global database that will house primary sources on Islamic law, as well as analysis about Islamic law.
  • Professor J. Mark Ramseyer recently published a book on Japanese tort litigation, Second-Best Justice:  The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
  • Professor Mark Roe focuses on the problems of business bankruptcy, corporate law, and financial regulation. He is writing Taxing Banks Properly, which examines how bank taxation impedes or fosters financial safety in the U.S. and Europe. He co-authored (with Travis Coan) “Financial Markets and the Political Center of Gravity” and published “Corporate Structural Degradation Due to Too-Big-to-Fail Finance” in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review in 2014 and “Corporate Short-termism–In the Boardroom and in the Courtroom” in the Business Lawyer in 2013.
  • Professor Mark Tushnet led the 2016 Radcliffe Institute conference on public participation in constitutional design, and recently published Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2014), The Arab Spring: An Essay on Revolution and Constitutionalism (Edward Elgar, 2015) with Antoni Abat y Ninet, and with Professor Vicki Jackson, the third edition of Comparative Constitutional Law (Foundation, 2014).
  • Professor David Wilkins is directing the Project on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, a research collaborative studying how globalization is reshaping the legal services market in Asia, Africa, and Latin America’s emerging economies, and how this process is in turn reshaping the global legal services market, global governance, and the rule of law. The first book in this series, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society will be published by Cambridge University Press in the fall of 2016.
  • Assistant Professor Mark Wu specializes in international economic and trade law. He engages regularly with government officials and several expert groups organized by the World Economic Forum and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development on the future of the global trading system. With the active support of a team of students, he recently co-organized the 20th anniversary conference of the World Trade Organization in the United States.
  • Professor Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law and leads the Berklett Cybersecurity Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Launched in December 2014, this cybersecurity project engages in a clean-slate evaluation of the set of responsibilities related to foreign intelligence gathering, which has expanded to include the exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. This project aims to identify concrete steps to clarify roles and boundaries for the intelligence community, the corporate sector, academics, non-profits, and individuals.