Suzanne Katzenstein

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Suzanne Katzenstein works at the intersection of domestic law, international law and international relations and is centrally interested in questions about the relationship between governments and private actors. Her current research examines the U.S. government’s relationship to banks, especially foreign banks, in the context of pursuing its national security goals. She also examines why governments empower non-state actors with legal authority at the international level, with a focus on international investment law. Her teaching interests include contracts, international business transactions, international financial regulation, trade/export regulations, international trade law and international investment law. 

Prior to joining the Duke Law Faculty in 2011 as a visiting assistant professor, Katzenstein was a Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, where she will be receiving her PhD in political science in October, 2013 (she defended her dissertation in June 2013). Katzenstein received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1999, graduating phi beta kappa, after which she studied in India as a Fulbright Scholar. She received her JD in 2004 from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She also co-headed the classroom observation component of a study on gender at Harvard Law School. She received the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for East Timor in 2002.

Katzenstein’s dissertation and working book manuscript is titled, “Why Surrender Sovereignty? Empowering Non-State Actors to Protect the Status Quo.” Other publications and working papers include “Harnessing Foreign Financial Actors: The New Frontline of National Security” (working paper), “In the Shadow of Crisis: The Creation of International Courts in the Twentieth Century” (55 Harv. Int’l. L.J.)(forthcoming January, 2014),  “Reverse-Rhetorical Entrapment: Naming and Shaming as a Two-Way Street,” 46 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. (forthcoming 2013) (symposium), and “International Adjudication and Custom Breaking by Domestic Courts,” 62 Duke L.J. 671 (2012) (symposium).