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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 published “Corroboration, Credibility and Nexus in Asylum Law” in AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012) and the fourth edition of the refugee law treatise The Law of Asylum (West, 2012).
  • 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, and in 2012 received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods.”
  • 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 The Globalization of Health Care: Legal and Ethical Issues (Oxford University Press, 2013), an article on transplant tourism, and the forthcoming Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford).
  • 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 published Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, 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 incubated the global Network of Internet & Society Centers, a collaborative initiative with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet, and served with Jonathan Zittrain as principal investigator of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society‘s first annual report, “Internet Monitor 2013: Reflections on the Digital World.”
  • Professor Mary Ann Glendon edited The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis: Pacem in Terris, Fifty Years Later (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2013) with Russell Hittinger and Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo and Universal Rights in a World of Diversity: The Case of Religious Freedom (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2012) with Hans Zacher.
  • Professor Jack Landman Goldsmith published Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11(Norton, 2012), which examines separation of powers in national security the first decade after 9/11.
  • Professor Howell Jackson taught a module on global financial regulation as the University of Cambridge’s Arthur Goodhart Professor of Legal Science in 2012-2013.
  • 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 a forthcoming book, The First Global Prosecutor. 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 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 edited Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought, with Michael Cook, Asma Sayeed, and Najam Haider, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and “The Islamic Rule of Lenity” (Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2011). As director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, she is in the process of launching an online database that will house primary and secondary sources of Islamic law globally.
  • Professor J. Mark Ramseyer is writing a book on tort litigation in Japan during a sabbatical at the University of Tokyo.
  • Professor Mark Roe has focused on how political configurations, in developed and developing nations, can propel or impede financial development. He co-authored (with Travis Coan) “Financial Markets and the Political Center of Gravity“ and published “Capital Markets and Financial Politics: Preferences and Institutions,” in Capitalism and Society (2012).
  • Professor Mindy Jane Roseman has written several articles and reports on the ongoing stigma and discrimination of women living with HIV in Namibia, and published “Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the United Nations: Frustration or Fulfillment?” (Reproductive Health Matters, 2011) with Alice Miller.
  • 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. Professor Wilkins wrote “The Rise of the Corporate Legal Elite in the BRICS: Implications for Global Governance” (with Mihaela Papa, Boston College Law Review, 2013).
  • Professor Jonathan Zittrain served with Urs Gasser as a principal investigator of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s first annual report, “Internet Monitor 2013: Reflections on the Digital World” and edited Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace, with Ronald Deibert, John G. Palfrey, and Rafal Rohozinski (MIT Press, 2011).