Karen Alter

Karen J. Alter is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University. Her current research investigates the legalization and judicialization of international relations.  Alter is author of the award-winning books The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press, 2014), The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Establishing the Supremacy of European Law (Oxford University press, 2001) and more than forty articles and book chapters on the politics of international law, comparative international courts, and international regime complexity. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author of International Legal Transplants: Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice (Oxford University Press, 2016, with Laurence Helfer). Fluent in Italian, French and German, 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 Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the executive committee of the American Society of International Law, on the editorial boards of International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and Law and Social Inquiry, is a permanent visiting professor at iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, and chairs the advisory committee of Pluricourts, at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law.