PUBLISHED:February 05, 2014

Karen J. Alter

Karen Alter's New Book Karen Alter Event

Tuesday, April 15
12:15 pm | Room 3037
Duke Law School

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Karen J. Alter, Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, will give a talk titled after her newly released book, "The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights." A book sale and signing will immediately follow. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Law. Lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Ali Prince.


In 1989, when the Cold War ended, there were six permanent international courts. Today there are more than two dozen that have collectively issued over thirty-seven thousand binding legal rulings. How does the proliferation of international courts affect international politics? Presenting from her new book, Professor Alter will chart the developments and trends in the creation and role of ‘new style’ international courts, and explain how the delegation of authority to international judicial institutions influences global and domestic politics.


Karen J. Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, and a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts Center for Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Alter is author of The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press, 2014); The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press, 2009); Establishing the Supremacy of European Law (Oxford University Press, 2001) and more than forty articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication (Oxford University Press, 2014). Alter’s research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Berlin, 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, and serves on the editorial board of International Organization, and Law and Social Inquiry.