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Daniel Abebe

Deputy Dean, Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law, Walter Mander Teaching Scholar, Associate Member of the Department of Political Science

Daniel Abebe’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between foreign relations law and public international law. He is currently the Deputy Dean, and the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law and Walter Mander Teaching Scholar. His research has been published in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, and the Virginia Journal of International Law in the areas of foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and institutional design. He has also written about international water law, China and climate change, and cyberwar.

Professor Abebe’s current research projects include examining the President’s authority to withdraw the U.S. from a treaty; evaluating ethnic federalism as a form of constitutional design; and considering the impact of dejudicialization in international politics. Professor Abebe is a member of the American Law Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

Professor Abebe earned a BA from Maryville University of St. Louis, a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and later worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before joining the faculty, Professor Abebe was as Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the Law School.

Professor Abebe teaches Property, Foreign Relations Law, Conflict of Laws, Public International Law, and Legal Issues in International Transactions.

EDUCATION

The University of Chicago
PhD in Political Science, June 2013
MA in Political Science, June 2006

Harvard Law School
JD, June 2000
 

Maryville University
BA, summa cum laude in Political Science, May 1997

EXPERIENCE

The University of Chicago Law School
Deputy Dean, 2016-present
Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law, 2016-present
Professor of Law and Walter Mander Teaching Scholar, 2013-2015
Assistant Professor of Law, 2008-2013
Bigelow Teaching Fellow, 2006-2008

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP New York, NY
Corporate Associate, 2001-2003

The Honorable Damon J. Keith, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Detroit, MI
Law Clerk, 2000-2001

Davis, Polk & Wardwell New York, NY
Summer Associate, 1999

Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP Grand Rapids, MI
Summer Associate, 1998

Journal Articles

  • "Does International Human Rights Law in African Courts Make a Difference?," 56 Virginia Journal of International Law 527 (2017). cu
  • "Cyberwar, International Politics, and Institutional Design," 83 University of Chicago Law Review 1 (2016). cu
  • "Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Nile: The Economics of International Water Law," 15 Chicago Journal of International Law 27 (2014). ssrn cu
  • "Foreign Affairs Federalism: A Revisionist Approach," 66 Vanderbilt Law Review 723 (2013) (with Aziz Huq). ssrn cu
  • "The Global Determinants of U.S. Foreign Affairs Law," 49 Stanford Journal of International Law 1 (2013). ssrn cu
  • "Rethinking the Costs of International Delegations," 34 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 491 (2013). ssrn cu
  • "One Voice or Many? The Political Question Doctrine and Acoustic Dissonance in Foreign Affairs," 2012 Supreme Court Review 233 (2012). ssrn cu
  • "The Flaws of Foreign Affairs Legalism," 51 Virginia Journal of International Law 507 (2011) (with Eric Posner). cu
  • "International Agreements, Internal Heterogeneity, and Climate Change: The Two Chinas Problem," 50 Virginia Journal of International Law 325 (2010) (with Jonathan Masur). ssrn cu
  • "Great Power Politics and the Structure of Foreign Relations Law," 10 Chicago Journal of International Law 125 (2009). ssrn cu
  • "Not Just Doctrine: The True Motivation for Federal Incorporation and International Human Rights Litigation," 29 Michigan Journal of International Law 1 (2007). ssrn cu

Book Sections

  • "Why Comparative International Law Needs International Relations Theory," in Comparative International Law, Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan III & Pierre-Hugues Verdier eds. (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with Mila Versteeg).
  • "Why Comparative International Law Needs International Relations Theory," in Comparative International Law, Anthea Roberts, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Mila Versteeg & Paul B. Stephan III eds. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Working Papers

Other Publications

  • "Between East and West (reviewing Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order, by Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer)," The New Rambler, July 20, 2015. www
  • "Making the Beautiful Game Beautiful Again," Chicago Tribune, June 7, 2015 (with William A. Birdthistle). www
  • "I.C.C.’s Dismal Record Comes at Too High a Price," New York Times Room for Debate, December 12, 2014. www

“The Dejudicialization of International Politics,” Workshop on the Judicialization of International Politics, Northwestern Law School, April 29, 2016 (with Tom Ginsburg)

“International Human Rights Law in Africa: Are Courts Effective?,” Human Rights Program, University of Virginia Law School, November 2015; University of Chicago Law School, August 2015

“Cyber Regulation, International Politics, and Institutional Design,” National Security: The Impact of Technology on the Separation of Powers, University of Chicago Law School, June 2015

“International Relations Theory and Comparative International Law,” Sokol Colloquium on Comparative International Law, University of Virginia Law School, September 2014

“Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Nile: The Economics of International Water Law,” International Law Colloquium at Loyola University School of Law, February 2014; Conference on International Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School, November 2013

"Rethinking the Costs of International Delegations," International Law Colloquium at Arizona State University College of Law, January 2013; Wharton-Colorado International Law Workshop at the University of Colorado Law School, September 2012 (Discussant and presenter)

"The Global Determinants of U.S. Foreign Affairs Law," Work-in-Progress Seminar at the University of Chicago Law School, May 2012

“Rethinking International Delegations,” Duke–Harvard Foreign Relations Law Workshop: The Political Economy of U.S. Foreign Relations Law, November 2010

“The Pashtunwalli: An Economic Analysis,” Symposium on Governance and Power at the University of Chicago Law School, October 2010 (Discussant)

“Rational Treaties and Constitutional Design,” Rational Choice and Constitutional Design Conference at the University of Chicago Law School, September 2010 (Discussant)

"Climate Change and Internal Heterogeneity," American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting at the University of San Diego School of Law, May 2009

"The Two Chinas and the Problem of Global Warming," Chicago's Best Ideas at the University of Chicago Law School, January 2009 (with Jonathan Masur)

"Medellin's New Paradigm for Treaty Interpretation," Expanding Foreign Relations Law: Constitutional and International Perspectives at the Vanderbilt Law School, September 2008 (commentator)

"A Nation Divided: Eastern China, Western China, and the Problem of Global Warming," International Legal Theory Colloquium at the Georgetown Law School, October 2008

"Not Just Doctrine: The True Motivation for Federal Incorporation and International Human Rights Litigation," Work-in-Progress Seminar at the University of Chicago Law School, August 2007

"A Discussion on the Merits of U.S. Involvement in Darfur," the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago Law School Black Law Students Association, November 2006 (Debate with Professors Eric Posner, Jide Nzelibe, and Matthew Lippman)

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Co-Chair, Appointments Committee (2014-2016)
  • Co-Director, Bigelow Program, (2012-2014)
  • Board of Computing Activities and Services, (2014-2017)
  • Dean Review/Renewal Committee, (2013-2014)