International Organizations & International Law (IO/IL)

Advisory Board

Ian Hurd, Northwestern University

Ian HurdIan Hurd is an associate professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Northwestern University. His research is on the law and politics of international organizations and global governance. He is completing a book now on the international rule of law that looks at the uses of international law to justify war, torture, and other state policies. In 2016-17, he is a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago leading a project on accountability mechanisms for international organizations. He has held visiting positions at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, WZB in Berlin, Sciences Po and EHESS in Paris, and other institutions.

Stephen Nelson, Northwestern University

Stephen NelsonProfessor Nelson’s main research and teaching interests lie in the subfields of International and Comparative Political Economy. His recent work explores a variety of topics, including the politics that shape the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) lending policies; the structure and governance of financial markets before and after the near-collapse of the American financial system in 2008; the political dynamics of developing and emerging market countries’ decisions to open their economies to international capital flows; how organizational cultures shape the behavior of international institutions; and the international organization of sovereign debt markets. Professor Nelson's forthcoming book, The Currency of Confidence: How Economic Beliefs Shape the IMF's Relationship with Its Borrowers (Cornell University Press), is based on his dissertation, which won the American Political Science Award’s Helen Dwight Reid Award in 2010. He has published articles in International OrganizationReview of International Political Economy, and Review of International Organizations.

Jide Nzelibe, Northwestern University Law

Jide Nzelibe Jide Nzelibe joined Northwestern's faculty as an assistant professor in 2004 became a full Professor in 2008. He served as the Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago before joining Northwestern Law. In addition to his JD from Yale Law School, he also holds an MPA in international relations from Princeton University, where he was awarded a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation. His research and teaching interests include international trade, foreign relations law, public and private international law and contracts.

Kimberly Ruggles Marion Suiseeya, Northwestern UniversityKimberly Suiseeya pic

Kim Marion Suiseeya’s research examines the interactions between norms, institutions, and justice in global forest governance. Her areas of expertise include: environmental justice, global environmental governance, political ecology, and the politics of biodiversity conservation in Laos and mainland Southeast Asia. Her current work includes her collaborative, interdisciplinary project “From Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Indigenous Representation in Global Environmental Governance” as well as her ongoing work exploring the justice gap in forest governance in Southeast Asia. 

David Scheffer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

David Scheffer picDavid Scheffer is the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights, at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches international human rights law and international criminal law.  He is the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and since early 2012 has been the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.  Scheffer won the Berlin Prize in 2013 and is author of the award-winning, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals (2012).  

Jamie Rowen, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jamie Rowen picDr. Rowen is an assistant professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received a J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 2009, a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley School of Law in 2012, and was a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation in 2012-2013. Dr. Rowen's research focuses on transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods.  Her book, Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and focuses on efforts to make truth commissions in the Balkans, Colombia and the United States. Dr. Rowen's work has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, Human Rights QuarterlyJournal of International Law and International Relations, Encyclopedia of Law and Behavioral Science, among other outlets. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Rowen has studied religion and post-conflict justice in Vietnam, developed life skills educational programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa, studied refugee health in Morocco, and examined human rights protections in Latin America with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica.  

Emilia Justyna Powell, University of Notre Dame

Emilia Justyna Powell picEmilia Justyna Powell is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Powell specializes in international law and international courts, as well as the nexus between Islamic law (sharia) and international law. Her prominent publications include a book published in Cambridge University Press (2011) entitled Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (with Sara McLaughlin Mitchell), and several articles in top political science academic journals such as International OrganizationJournal of PoliticsInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Peace ResearchJournal of Conflict Resolution. Her new book project entitled Islamic Law States and International Law: Peaceful Settlement of Disputes provides a comprehensive examination of differences and similarities between sharia and the classical international law, especially in the context of dispute settlement.

Alexandru Grigorescu, Loyola University Chicago

Alex Grigorescu picAlexandru (Alex) Grigorescu is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. His research has primarily analyzed the relationship between changes in international relations and those in the domestic realm, with a special focus on the workings of international organizations. His work was published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organizations, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Global Governance, International Politics, and Ethics and International Affairs. He is the author of Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations? Normative Pressures and Decision-Making Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Prior to his academic career, he served as a diplomat in the Romanian Foreign Ministry and was posted to the Romanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Sungjoon Cho picProfessor Sungjoon Cho joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2003 and teaches courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, and comparative law. He earned his LL.B. from Seoul National University in 1989.  From 1994 to 1996, before coming to the United States, Professor Cho represented the government of the Republic of Korea in negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  In 2002, he received his S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree from Harvard Law School.  He is a member of the bar of the state of New York. He also holds a license to practice law in Korea.  Professor Cho served as a Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2011 to 2013.  He has recently been appointed member of arbitration panel roster under Chapter 14 (Dispute Settlement) of the Korea–European Union Free Trade Agreement.  Professor Cho is also advising the government of the Republic of Korea under various capacities.  He was appointed a Visiting Professor of Law in many institutions, including Northwestern University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, and Seoul National University School of Law.  He has published numerous articles and op-ed pieces related to international trade and domestic politics, including those published at Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.  His works and comments have been cited by many institutions, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Law Library of Congress, and Voice of America.  Professor Cho's works have been selected for the prestigious Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum twice (2007 and 2008).  His new book, “The Social Foundations of World Trade: Norms, Community, and Constitution,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. 

Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School

Tom Ginsburg picTom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, where he also holds an appointment in the Political Science Department.  He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789.  His books include Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory (2015) (with Nuno Garoupa); The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton), which won the best book award from Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association; and Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he has consulted with numerous international development agencies and governments on legal and constitutional reform.  He currently serves a senior advisor on Constitution Building to International IDEA.

Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin Law School

Alexandra HuneeusAlexandra Huneeus is an authority on human rights law in Latin America. She has written extensively about international human rights courts, with an emphasis on their relation to national courts, as well as to other international courts. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science and sociology, and has been published in the American Journal of International LawLaw and Social InquiryYale Journal of International LawCornell International Law Journal and by Cambridge University Press. In 2013, she was awarded the American Association for Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize, as well as the American Society for Comparative Law Award for Younger Scholars (for two different articles). Currently, she holds an NSF grant to explore the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic prosecutions of state atrocity. She is Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received her PhD, JD and BA from University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doc at Stanford's Center on Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

Terence Halliday, American Bar Foundation

Terry HallidayTerence Halliday is a Research Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation. He is also Honorary Professor in in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University and an adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. His research interests include globalization of law, politics, and the market with a particular focus on international trade law, finance, and global governance and regulation. Halliday has consulted with the OECD, World Bank, IMF, Government of China, among others, on global governance and regulation. He has been a Visitor and/or Visiting Professor at Oxford University, the University of Chicago, Sciences Po, Northwestern University, and Australian National University. Halliday’s book, Transnational Legal Orders (Cambridge University Press, 2015), edited with Gregory Shaffer, provides a new interdisciplinary approach to international law for business and trade, financial regulation, and human rights. His books on global law-making and international trade include Global Legislators: How International Organizations Make Trade Law for the World (forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, with Susan Block-Lieb) and Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (Stanford University Press, 2009, with Bruce Carruthers), which won multiple prizes from the American Sociological Association. 

Jothie Rajah, American Bar Foundation

Jothie RajahJothie Rajah is Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. She received her LL.B and BA from the National University in Singapore. Her Ph.D was awarded by Melbourne Law School, Australia. Broadly speaking, her scholarship attends to the enmeshments of law, language and power. She is the author of Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Her articles have been published in Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Law/Text/Culture, Law & Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science (with Elizabeth Mertz), the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, the Wisconsin International Law Journal (with Arun K. Thiruvengadam), and various book collections. Her current project is a study of post-9/11 discourses on the rule of law in relation to, first, indicators measuring countries on their rule of law performances, and second, narratives and images in news and entertainment media. 

John Hagan, Northwestern University

John HaganJohn Hagan is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. He is the editor of Annual Review of Law and Social Science and his research interests include the intersection of international criminal law, war crimes, war resistance, mass incarceration, lawyers, and domestic criminality. He received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2009 and was elected in 2010 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is co-author with Alberto Palloni of “Death in Darfur” in Science and is co-author with Wenona Rymond-Richmond of the book, Darfur and the Crime of Genocide (Cambridge University Press 2009). He developed an early interest in the social organization of subjective justice that is continued in his 2005 American Sociological Review article with Carla Shedd and Monique Payne on "Race, Ethnicity and Perceptions of Criminal Injustice," and in his 2015 American Sociological Review article with Josh Kaiser and Anna Hanson on "The Theory of Legal Cynicism and the Post-Invasion Sunni Insurgency in Iraq."


Laura Pedraza Farina, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Laura Pedraza-FarinaLaura Pedraza Fariña joined the Northwestern faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  She is also a faculty affiliate of the Science in Human Culture Program.  Professor Pedraza Fariña received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University.  Her research interests include intellectual property, patent law, and international organizations (IOs).  Her scholarship on intellectual property law uses the methodology of history and sociology of science and technology to analyze and inform the design of patent law. Her scholarship on international organizations focuses on understanding how IOs with overlapping regulatory domains both compete and coordinate with each other to shape international laws and norms. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of internal institutional expert culture in inter-institutional competition and cooperation. Her subject-matter focus is on those IOs at the intersection of intellectual property law and health: the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Professor Pedraza Fariña has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and her scholarship is published or forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Michigan Journal of International Law, Notre Dame Law Review, Southern Methodist University Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review.