Permanent Visiting Professor at iCourts – University of Copenhagen

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05 September 2012

Permanent Visiting Professor at iCourts

We are pleased to announce that Professor Karen J. Alter from Northwestern University in Chicago is visiting the center from September 9 to September 17. Karen J. Alter is a permanent visiting faculty member of iCourts. Karen Alter will be returning to iCourts a few times each year, and iCourts doctoral students and faculty are welcome to pursue visiting appointments at Northwestern University.

Karen Alter is well known for her work on the history and politics of the European Court of Justice. She has been studying a broad range of international courts for the last twelve years. Her forthcoming book The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press, 2013) surveys the universe of permanent international courts and develops a general argument about how international courts influence national and international politics.

Karen Alter has a long term collaborative research project with Laurence Helfer that investigates the varied politics and influence of regional courts. Alter and Helfer have recently published a number of articles on the Andean Community's legal system. These articles will be collected into a book that investigates in depth the law and politics of transplanting the ECJ's legal model into a developing country context.

Alter and Helfer have begun research in Africa that examines the human rights dimensions of regional international courts, and in 2013 Alter and Helfer are planning to start investigating backlash to international courts in Africa. Alter and Helfer often collaborate with graduate students on these projects. Interested students, and especially students with experience conducting research in Africa, should contact Karen Alter to explore collaboration possibilities.