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Photo courtesy David Kennedy

Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Institute for Global Law and Policy

Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2022

David Kennedy is the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development, and European law. His research utilizes interdisciplinary materials from sociology, social theory, economics, and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy, and the nature of professional expertise.


As a practicing lawyer and consultant, Kennedy has worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public. He is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and a former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance. Kennedy has also taught as a visiting professor at universities around the world, and in 2008-2009 served as vice president and University Professor of Law at Brown University.

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