The New Terrain of international Law: International Courts in International Politics

Mon, Mar 30, 2009, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Location: 
Robertson Hall Bowl 16
Karen Alter is Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University and Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University. Her current research investigates how the proliferation of international legal mechanisms is changing international relations. Her book-in-progress, The New Terrain of International Law: International Courts in International Politics provides a new framework for comparing and understanding the influence of the twenty existing international courts, and for thinking about how different domains of international politics are transformed through the creation of international courts. Alter is author of The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Establishing the Supremacy of European Law: The Making of an International Rule of Law in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2001). She has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on international legal systems. Her most recent manuscripts investigate the politics of international regime complexity, how delegation of authority to international courts affects national sovereignty, and politics in the Andean legal system. She has been a visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation where she is an associate scholar of the Center on Law and Globalization, Northwestern University’s School of Law, Harvard University's Center for European Studies, Institute d’Etudes Politiques, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Auswartiges Politik, Universität Bremen, and Seikei University. Fluent in Italian, French and German, Alter serves on the editorial board of European Union Politics and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Organized by the IR Colloquium
Karen Alter (Northwestern University)

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