Photo: Courtesy of Karen J. Alter

Professor of Political Science and Law, Northwestern University, Illinois

Guest Speaker - Class of Fall 2017


Karen J. Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University; a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts Center for Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law; and co-director of the Research Group on Global Capitalism and Law at the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University. Winner of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in 2012 and a Guggenheim fellow, Alter is author of the award-winning book The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton, 2014) and co-editor of the International Court Authority (Oxford, forthcoming 2018), over fifty articles and book chapters, and three additional monographs. Alter is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, President of the American Political Science Association’s International History and Politics section, and on the executive committee of the American Society of International Law. She serves on the editorial boards of International Organization, American Journal of International Law, International Studies Review, and Journal of International Dispute Settlement.