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Kenneth Abbott

Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7906
Biography

Jack E. Brown Chair in Law
Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
Professor of Global Studies, School of Politics & Global Studies
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute for Sustainability

Kenneth W. Abbott’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including a wide range of public and private international institutions in fields including environmental issues, development policy, global health, anti-corruption, emerging technologies and international trade. He holds the Jack E. Brown Chair in Law at the College of Law, and also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Politics and Global Studies.

Before joining the faculty in 2006, Professor Abbott taught for more than 25 years at Northwestern University School of Law, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair in Law and Commerce. He also served as director of the Northwestern University Center for International and Comparative Studies. Professor Abbott participates actively in conferences and research projects in both international law and international relations and has spoken and taught in many countries. He has served as Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Professor Abbott also practiced law at Harris Beach LLP in Rochester, N.Y., served in the VISTA Lawyer’s Program, and was a research fellow at Harvard Law School.

Professor Abbott is a Lead Faculty member of the Earth System Governance Project, and a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, Regulation and Governance, and the Journal of International Economic Law.  In 2017 he received the inaugural Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association International Law Section.

Education

A.B., Cornell University (1966)

J.D., Harvard Law School (1969)

Publications

Books and Monographs:

Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance (co-edited with David Levi-Faur and Duncan Snidal) (2017)

The Annals, American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 670

International Organizations as Orchestrators (co-edited with Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal & Bernhard Zangl)

            Cambridge University Press (2015)

The Law and Politics of International Organizations (2 volumes, edited)

Edward Elgar (2015)

Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies (co-edited with Gary E. Marchant & Braden R. Allenby)

Edward Elgar (2014)

Development Policy in the New Millennium and the Doha “Development Round”

            (Oxford University Press/Asian Development Bank 2003)

            Articles and Book Chapters:

Orchestrating Experimentation in Non-State Environmental Commitments

Environmental Politics, special issue on Non-State Actors in the New Landscape of Climate Cooperation, published online 2017

Theorizing Regulatory Intermediaries – the RIT Model (with David Levi-Faur and Duncan Snidal)

In Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance

Enriching the RIT Framework (with David Levi-Faur and Duncan Snidal)

In Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance

Organizational Ecology and Institutional Change in Global Governance (with Jessica F. Green and Robert O. Keohane)

International Organization 70(2): 247-277 (2016)

Two Logics of Indirect Governance: Delegation and Orchestration (with Genschel, Snidal & Zangl)

British Journal of Political Science 46(4): 719-729 (2016) (Featured Article)

The Interactive Dynamics of Transnational Business Governance: A Challenge for Transnational Legal Theory (with Stepan Wood, Julia Black, Burkard Eberlein and Errol Meidinger)

Transnational Legal Theory 6(2): 333-369 (2016)

Reinvigorating International Climate Policy: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Nonstate Action (with Sander Chan, Harro Van Asselt, Thomas Hale et al.)

Global Policy 6(4): 466-73 (2015)

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Orchestration by Default and Design (with Steven Bernstein)

            Global Policy 6(3): 222-233 (2015)

Orchestration: Global Governance through Intermediaries (with Genschel, Snidal & Zangl)

International Organizations as Orchestrators (Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal & Bernhard Zangl, eds. 2015)

Orchestrating Global Governance: From Empirical Findings to Theoretical Implications (with Genschel, Snidal & Zangl)

International Organizations as Orchestrators (Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal & Bernhard Zangl, eds. 2015)

Orchestration

Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics and Governance (Pattberg & Zelli, eds. 2015)

International Organizations and International Regulatory Cooperation: Exploring the Links

International Regulatory Cooperation and International Organisations: The Cases of the OECD and the IMO (OECD 2014)

Orchestrating Global Solution Networks: A Guide for Organizational Entrepreneurs (with Thomas Hale)

9 Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization 195-212 (2014)

Building Networks for Sustainability: The Role of International Organizations

Networks for Prosperity: Advancing Sustainability through Partnerships (United Nations Industrial Development Organization (2014)

The Challenges of Oversight for Emerging Technologies

Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies (Gary E. Marchant, Kenneth W. Abbott & Braden R. Allenby, eds. 2014)

Strengthening the Transnational Regime Complex for Climate Change

3 Transnational Environmental Law 57-88 (2013)

Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Conceptualization and Framework for Analysis (with Burkard Eberlein et al.)

Regulation & Governance 8: 1-21 (2014)

Taking Responsive Regulation Transnational: Strategies for International Organizations (with Snidal)

            Regulation & Governance 7(1): 95-113 (2013)

Law, Legalization and Politics: An Agenda for the Next Generation of IR-IL Scholars (with Snidal)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Jeffrey Dunoff & Mark Pollack, eds. 2013)

The Transnational Regime Complex for Climate Change

Government and Policy: Environment and Planning C 30(4): 571-90 (2012)

Selected as Editors’ Choice article

Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance (with Frank Biermann et al.)

            Science 335(6074): 1306-1307 (16 March 2012)

Transforming Governance and Institutions for Global Sustainability: Key Insights from the Earth System Governance Project (with Biermann et al.)

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(1): 51-60 (2012)

Engaging the Public and the Private in Global Sustainability Governance

International Affairs 88(3): 543-564 (2012)

Reimagining Participation in International Institutions (with Gartner)

 8 Journal of International Law and International Relations 1-35 (2012)

Soft Law Oversight Mechanisms for Nanotechnology (with Marchant & Corley)

52 Jurimetrics 279-312 (2012)

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (George Ritzer, ed.)

Transnational New Governance and the International Coordination of Nanotechnology Oversight (with Marchant, Sylvester & Gulley)

The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Legal Institutions for Uncertain Challenges (David Dana, ed., 2012)

An International Framework Agreement on Scientific and Technological Innovation and Regulation

The Growing Gap between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem (Braden R. Allenby, Joseph R. Herkert & Gary E. Marchant, eds. 2011)

International Regulation without International Government: Improving IO Performance through Orchestration (with Snidal)

5 Review of International Organizations 315 (2010)

Institutionalizing Sustainability across the Federal Government (with Marchant)

2(7) Sustainability 1924-42 (2010)

A New Soft Law Approach to Nanotechnology Oversight: A Voluntary Product Certification Scheme (with Marchant and Sylvester)

UCLA J. Environmental Law & Policy 28(1): 123-52 (2010)

Transnational Regulation of Nanotechnology: Reality or Romanticism? (with Marchant and Sylvester)

International Handbook on Regulating Nanotechnologies (Graeme Hodge, Diana Bowman and Andrew Maynard, eds. 2010)

Not Again! Public Perception, Regulation, and Nanotechnology (with Sylvester & Marchant)

 Regulation & Governance 3(2): 165-185 (2009)

Strengthening International Regulation through Transnational New Governance: Overcoming the Orchestration Deficit (with Snidal)

42 Vanderbilt J. Transnational Law 1-80 (2009)

reprinted in TranState Working Paper No. 127, Transformations of the State Collaborative Research Center, University of Bremen

The Governance Triangle: Regulatory Standards Institutions and the Shadow of the State

(with Snidal)

In Whose Benefit? Explaining Regulatory Change in Global Politics (Walter Mattli & Ngaire Woods, eds., 2009)

A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology? (with Marchant & Sylvester)

(policy version)

            1 Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review (2008)

            Special issue of year’s best policy-relevant articles in environmental law

Enriching Rational Choice Institutionalism for the Study of International Law

            2008 U. Illinois Law Review 5-46

Risk Management Principles for Nanotechnology (with Marchant and Sylvester)

            2(1) NanoEthics 43-60 (2008)

Innovations in Global Health and the Global Governance System

            Wall Summer Institute for Research, “Civil Society Organizations

            and Global Health Governance,” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,

            University of British Columbia, 2007, http://www.wsir.pwias.ubc.ca/2007/ 

Public Private Partnership

            Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Corruption, The Fight Against

            Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Institutions in the Americas: Theoretical Reflections

Governing the Americas: Assessing Multilateral Institutions (Paul Haslam, Gordon Mace & Jean-Philippe Thérien, eds. 2007)

Privately Generated Soft Law in International Governance

International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice (Biersteker, Spiro, Sriram & Raffo, eds. 2007)

A Framework Convention for Nanotechnology? (with Marchant & Sylvester)

            36 Environmental Law Reporter News and Analysis 10931 (2006)

Toward a Richer Institutionalism for International Law and Policy

            1 J. International Law & International Relations 8 (2005)

The International Standards Process: Setting and Applying Global Business Norms

(with Snidal)

International Standards and the Law (Peter Nobel, ed., 2005)

Pathways to International Cooperation (with Snidal)

 The Impact of International Law on International Cooperation (E. Benvenisti & M. Hirsch, eds. 2004)

International Relations Theory, International Law, and the Regime Governing Atrocities in Internal Conflicts (revised version of 1999 paper)

The Methods of International Law (Steven R. Ratner & Anne-Marie Slaughter, eds. 2004)

US-EU Disputes over Technical Barriers to Trade and the “Hushkits” Dispute

Dispute Prevention and Dispute Settlement in the Transatlantic Partnership (E.U. Petersmann & M. Pollack, eds. 2003)

Values and Interests: International Legalization in the Fight Against Corruption

 (with Snidal),

31 Journal of Legal Studies #1, Part 2, S141-78 (2002)

International Action on Bribery and Corruption: Why the Dog Didn’t Bark in the WTO (with Snidal)

            The Political Economy of International Trade Law: Essays

In Honor of Robert E. Hudec 177-204 (Daniel L.M. Kennedy

& James D. Southwick, eds. Cambridge University Press 2002)

Rule-Making in the WTO: Lessons from the Case of Bribery and Corruption

            4 Journal of International Economic Law 275-96 (2001)

International “Standards” and International Governance (with Snidal)

            Journal of European Public Policy, 8 #3 (2001)

Hard and Soft Law in International Governance (with Snidal)

            International Organization 54(3): 421 (2000)

republished in Legalization and World Politics (Judith L. Goldstein, Miles Kahler, Robert O. Keohane & Anne-Marie Slaughter, eds. 2001)

reprinted in International Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Charlotte Ku and Paul F. Diehl eds. 2003)

The Concept of Legalization (with Keohane, Moravcsik, Slaughter & Snidal

            International Organization 54(3):401 (2000)

republished in Legalization and World Politics (Judith L. Goldstein, Miles Kahler, Robert O. Keohane & Anne-Marie Slaughter, eds. 2001)

reprinted in:

International Law and Politics (Joel Trachtman, ed. 2008)

Robert O. Keohane, Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002)

International Law and International Relations (Beth Simmons and Richard Steinberg eds. 2006)

Public International Law (Eric Posner, ed. 2010)

Modern International Relations Theory: A “Prospectus” in Retrospect and Prospect

(symposium on most cited articles in history of Journal)

            Yale J. International Law 25(2) (2000)

International Relations Theory, International Law, and the Regime

Governing Atrocities in Internal Conflicts

            93 American Journal of International Law 361 (1999)

excerpted in Foundations of International Law and Politics (Oona Hathaway & Harold Koh, eds. 2004)

Why States Act Through Formal International Organizations (with Snidal)

            Journal of Conflict Resolution 42(1): 3 (1998)

Reprinted in:

The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World (Paul F. Diehl, ed., 2d ed. 2001)

International Institutions in the New Global Economy (Lisa Martin, ed. 2004)

International Security and Conflict (Bruce Russett, ed. 2008)

 “Economic” Issues and Political Participation:

The Evolving Boundaries of International Federalism

            18 Cardozo Law Review 971 (1996)

Trade Remedies and Legal Remedies: Anti-Dumping, Safeguards and Dispute Settlement After the Uruguay Round

            The Global Trading System and Developing Asia at 363-425 (Oxford

            University Press/Asian Development Bank 1997)

Defensive Unfairness: The Normative Foundations of Section 301

            Harmonization and Fair Trade at 415-71 (J. Bhagwati & R. Hudec eds.

            MIT Press 1996)

Economic Integration in the Americas: A Work in Progress (with Bowman)

            14 Northwestern J. International Law & Business 493 (1994)

Economic Integration for the Asian Century: An Early Look at New Approaches

(with Bowman)

            4 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 1 (1994)

“Trust but Verify:” The Production of Information in Arms Control Treaties

and Other International Agreements

            26 Cornell International Law Journal 1 (1993)

The Uruguay Round and Dispute Resolution:

Building a Private Interests System of Justice

            1992 Columbia Business Law Review 111

GATT as a Public Institution: The Uruguay Round and Beyond

            18 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 31 (1992)

Modern International Relations Theory: A Prospectus for International Lawyers

            14 Yale Journal of International Law 335 (1989)

honored as most frequently cited article in history of journal (tie),

25(2) Yale Journal of International Law (2000)

excerpted in Foundations of International Law and Politics (Oona Hathaway & Harold Koh, eds. 2004)

reprinted in International Law and Politics (Library of International Relations) (Joel Trachtman, ed. 2008)

Collective Goods, Mobile Resources, and Extraterritorial Trade Controls

            50 Law & Contemporary Problems 117 (1988)

Coercion and Communication: Frameworks for Evaluation of Economic Sanctions

            19 NYU Journal of International Law & Politics 781 (1987)

Economic Sanctions and International Terrorism

            20 Vanderbilt J. Transnational Law 289 (1987)

The Trading Nation’s Dilemma: The Functions of the Law of International Trade

            26 Harvard International Law Journal 501 (1985)

Defining the Extraterritorial Reach of American Export Controls: Congress as Catalyst

17 Cornell International Law Journal 79 (1984)

 “Black Ships” and Balance Sheets: The Japanese Market and US-Japan Relations

3 Northwestern J. of International Law & Business 103 (1981)

Linking Trade to Political Goals: Foreign Policy Export Controls in the 1970s and 1980s

            65 Minnesota Law Review 739 (1981)

Policy Papers:

Maximizing the Potential of the Paris Agreement: Effective Review in a Hybrid Regime (with van Asselt, Hale et al.)

Stockholm Environment Institute Discussion Brief, July 2016, https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=2992

Orchestrating Global Solution Networks: A Guide for Organizational Entrepreneurs (with Thomas Hale),

Global Solution Networks Program, http://gsnetworks.org/research-results/ (2014)

Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure: Revitalizing the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability (with Biermann et al.)

             Earth System Governance Project Rio+20 Policy Brief, Sept. 2011

Governing the Green Climate Fund (with Gartner)

Brookings Institution, Recent Research and Commentary, Sept. 2011

The Green Climate Fund and the Future of Environmental Governance (with Gartner)

Earth System Governance Project, Working Paper No. 16, Sept. 2011

Research Activity
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 691Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
LAW 691Seminar
Honors / Awards

Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor, WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin), Berlin, Germany, 2017-18

Inaugural Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association, International Law Section, February 2017

Doctorate honoris causa in international studies, Université Laval, Quebec, 2016