Kenneth Abbott

Jack E. Brown Professor of Law
Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
Professor of Global Studies, School of Politics & Global Studies
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute for Sustainability

A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott’s teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program.

Before joining the faculty in 2006, Professor Abbott taught for more than 25 years at Northwestern University School of Law, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair in Law and Commerce. He also served as director of the Northwestern University Center for International and Comparative Studies. Professor Abbott participates actively in conferences and research projects in both international law and international relations and has spoken and taught in many countries. He has served as Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Professor Abbott also practiced law at Harris Beach LLP in Rochester, N.Y., served in the VISTA Lawyer’s Program, and was a research fellow at Harvard Law School.

Professor Abbott is a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.

Selected Works

Chan, Van Asselt, Hale, Abbott et al., Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action, Global Policy. (forthcoming 2015)

Kenneth W. Abbott, Jessica F. Green & Robert O. Keohane, Organizational Ecology and Institutional Change in Global Governance, International Organization. (forthcoming 2016)

The Law and Politics of International Organizations (2 volumes) (Kenneth W. Abbott, ed., Edward Elgar, 2015).

Kenneth W. Abbott, ed.,, International Organizations as Orchestrators (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Kenneth W. Abbott & Steven Bernstein, The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Orchestration by Default and Design, 6 Global Policy 22 (2015).

Kenneth W. Abbott & Duncan Snidal, Law, Legalization and Politics: An Agenda for the Next Generation of IR-IL Scholars, in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Jeffrey Dunoff & Mark Pollack, eds., Cambridge University Press).


Assistant: Emoline Fox

Curriculum Vitae

A.B., Cornell University (1966)

J.D., Harvard Law School (1969)