Michele Krech

Michele Krech

Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law

Michele Krech’s research interests lie at the intersection of international and transnational law, global governance and institutions, and critical legal theory. Her work examines evolving structures and modes of transnational regulation from interdisciplinary perspectives, giving particular attention to the role of private authorities in shaping global norms. Michele's recent writing and teaching have focused on global sport governance and feminist legal theory. 

Prior to joining the Law School, Michele was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), where she also served as an Assistant Editor of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL). Michele has worked with various UN entities and international NGOs, frequently serving as a consultant in high-profile legal cases and advocacy initiatives addressing human rights and the regulation of gender in international sport (e.g., Caster Semenya v. World Athletics). She served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. 

Michele holds a JSD and LLM from NYU School of Law, a JD from the University of Ottawa, an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, and a BA in Global Development Studies.


New York University (NYU) School of Law

Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD), 2022
Master of Laws (LLM), International Legal Studies, 2016

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section)

Juris Doctor (JD), International Law Option, magna cum laude, 2014

Carleton University Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Master of Arts (MA), International Affairs (International Organizations and Global Governance Cluster), 2014

Queen's University Faculty of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Global Development Studies, 2008


University of Chicago Law School

Harry A Bigelow Fellow & Lecturer in Law, 2023 – Present

European University Institute (EUI) Department of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Weber Programme, 2022 – 2023
Assistant Editor, European Journal of International Law (EJIL), 2022 – 2023

New York University (NYU) School of Law

Affiliated Researcher, Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ), 2015 – 2022
Co-Convener, Feminist Legal Theory Reading Group, 2018 – 2021
Co-Instructor, Upper-Level Seminar: Football, FIFA and the Governance of Transnational Sport, 2018 – 2021
Co-Instructor,  Upper-Level Reading Group: Governance Feminism, 2020

University of Melbourne School of Government

Co-Instructor, Course: The Nature of Governing, 2020

International Court of Justice

Law Clerk to Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, 2016 – 2017

Court of Appeal for Ontario

Law Clerk to Justices Russell Juriansz, Peter Lauwers, and William Hourigan, 2014 – 2015

Journal Articles

  • "International Constitution-making as a Technique of Gender Ordering: Considering the Role of the Family in Global Economic Relations," 117 AJIL Unbound 245 (2023). www
  • "Football Feminism: Global Governance Perspectives," 20 International Journal of Constitutional Law 272 (2022) (with Joseph H. Weiler). www
  • "Towards Equal Rights in the Global Game? FIFA’s Strategy for Women’s Football as a Tightly Bounded Institutional Innovation," 25 Tilburg Law Review 12 (2020). ssrn www
  • "The Misplaced Burdens of ‘Gender Equality’ in Caster Semenya v IAAF: The Court of Arbitration for Sport Attempts Human Rights Adjudication," 19 International Sports Law Review 66 (2019). ssrn
  • "To Be a Woman in the World of Sport: Global Regulation of the Gender Binary in Elite Athletics," 35 Berkeley Journal of International Law 262 (2017). ssrn www
  • "Excluding the Most Vulnerable: Application of Article 1F(a) of the Refugee Convention to Child Soldiers," 20 The International Journal of Human Rights 567 (2016) (with Jennifer Bond). ssrn www

Other Publications

  • "‘Sport Sex’ before the European Court of Human Rights: Caster Semenya v. Switzerland," Völkerrechtsblog: International Law & International Legal Thought, March 22, 2021. www
  • "The Problem of ‘Sport Sex’: Reflections on De-Essentialising Gender and Globalising Law," Völkerrechtsblog: International Law & International Legal Thought, January 9, 2020. www
  • "FIFA for Women or Women for FIFA? The Inherent Tensions of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy," Verfassungsblog: On Matters Constitutional, July 7, 2019. www

Workshop Organization

  • European University Institute
    Co-Organizer, Workshop Series: International Organizations: Cutting Across Disciplinary Boundaries, 2023
  • European University Institute
    Co-Facilitator & Discussant, Workshop: Feminist Approaches to Law, 2023
  • Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice
    Co-Convener & Commentator, Symposium: Football Feminism – Global Governance Perspectives, 2020
  • Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ), NYU School of Law
    Co-Host & Discussant, Workshop: Governance Feminism – Assessing Feminist Reform Today, 2019

Conferences and Workshops

  • Annual Meeting on Law and Society: Separate and Unequal
    Presenter, Panel: Technologies of Governance and Their Normativities on a Digital-Physical Planet, 2023
  • Annual Meeting on Law and Society: Rage, Reckoning and Remedy
    Presenter, Panel: International Institutional Actors: How Do They Shape International Law?, 2022
  • World Law Forum Conference on Human Rights in International Sport
    Moderator, Panel: The Role of Governing Bodies, 2021
  • International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) Mundo Conference
    Presenter, Panel: The Role of International Institutions in Shaping Legal Concepts, 2021
    Interlocutor, Forum: Law and Gender II – LGBTI+, Queer, Feminist Studies and Identities in Academia, 2021
  • Humboldt University/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Online
    Presenter, Conference: Multiple Legalities – Conflict and Entanglement in the Global Legal Order, 2021
  • JSD Forum, NYU School of Law [Commentator: Professor Miguel Maduro]
    Presenter, Paper: The Gendered Principles of Globality, Autonomy, and Equality in World Athletics, 2020
  • JSD Forum, NYU School of Law [Commentator: Professor Gráinne de Búrca]
    Presenter, Paper: The Constitution of Global Gender Norms via Private Regulatory Techniques, 2020
  • Faculty Research Forum, Aarhus University Department of Sport Science
    Invited Guest Presenter, Paper: The Evolving Approach of World Athletics to the ‘Inclusion’ of Women, 2020
  • JSD Forum, NYU School of Law [Commentator: Professor Sally Engle Merry]
    Presenter, Paper: Disjointed Gendered Institutional Change in Global Athletics Governance, 2019
  • Institute For International Law and Justice (IILJ), NYU School of Law
    Presenter, Conference: International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, 2016
  • JSD Forum, NYU School of Law, New York, USA [Commentator: Professor Margaret L Satterthwaite]
    Presenter, Paper: The Gendered Transformation of Global Sport Governance, 2018
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
    Presenter, Workshop: Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group Works-in-Progress Workshop, 2016
  • Salzburg Global Seminar
    Presenter, Conference: Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program, 2016
  • Center For Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), NYU School of Law
    Presenter, Workshop: Transitional Justice and Human Rights Writers’ Workshop, 2015
  • American Society of International Law / Washington College of Law
    Presenter, Conference: International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies, 2014 Roundtables
  • Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School
    Lead Interlocutor, Legal Frameworks for Preventing Intentional Violence in Sport, 2020
  • School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute (EUI)
    Invited Interlocutor, High-Level Policy Dialogue on Corruption in Sports Governance, 2020
  • School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute (EUI)
    Invited Interlocutor, High-Level Policy Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Sports, 2019
  • Women and Foreign Policy Roundtable Series, Council on Foreign Relations
    Invited Discussant, How Sports Can Move the Ball for Women's Rights Around the World, 2018

Guest Lectures

  • Hauser Colloquium, NYU School of Law
    Presenter, The Regulation of Gender in Global Sport Governance: Human Rights and Access to Justice, 2023
  • Hauser Colloquium, NYU School of Law
    Presenter, Football and Feminism: How FIFA Governs Gender, 2021
  • Duke University School of Law
    Featured Presenter, The Global Governance of Sex in Sport: Gaps and Overlaps in the Law, 2021
  • TMC Asser Institute: Centre for International & European Law
    Featured Panelist, Webinar: Caster Semenya v International Association of Athletics Federations, 2021
  • The New School Global Studies Program
    Guest Lecturer, Course: International Law and Governance Beyond the State, 2019
  • NYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport
    Guest Lecturer, Course: Leagues and Governing Organizations, 2018