Karen Alter

Bosch Public Policy Fellow - Class of Spring 2012

Professor of Policital Science and Law, Northwestern University

American Academy Project: The New Terrain of International Law: International Courts in International Politics
Current Institution Affiliation: Northwestern University
Current Location: Chicago

Biography

Karen J. Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University and an associate scholar at the Center for Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation; she holds a courtesy appointment at Northwestern University Law School. Alter’s research focuses on the interaction between international organizations and domestic politics, employing historical institutionalist approaches to global judicial politics in Europe, Latin America and Africa. She is author of The European Court’s Political Power: Essays on the Influence of the European Court of Justice on European Politics (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) and has published articles in International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, American Journal of International Law, International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, European Union Politics, Law and Contemporary Problems, European Law Review, and European Journal of Public Policy. Fluent in Italian, French, and German, Alter’s research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the DAAD, and the Bourse Chateaubriand Scientifique. Alter is member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations. She was a founding member of the editorial board of European Union Politics, currently serves on the editorial board of Law and Social Inquiry and is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication.

American Academy Project

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

During her time at the American Academy in Berlin, Alter will complete her book The New Terrain of International Law: International Courts in International Politics, which aims to provide a framework for understanding the influence of the twenty-five international courts on international politics.