Eugene Kontorovich, "Disputing Occupation: Israel's Borders in International Law"

With commentary from Professor Tom Ginsburg

Professor Eugene Kontorovich teaches at Northwestern University School of Law. He is one of the world’s preeminent experts on universal jurisdiction and maritime piracy, as well as international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He is the co-editor of the newly-published book, Economics Analysis of International Law (Edward Elgar 2016), a frequent op-ed contributor, and a regular contributor to the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy legal blog. Prof. Kontorovich has testified before Congress, and spoken to the European Parliament and Israeli Knesset, and served as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department. Prof. Kontorovich also plays a leading role in the drafting of U.S. state laws dealing with Israel boycotts. He is a recipient of the Federalist Society’s prestigious Bator Award, given annually to a young scholar (under 40), for outstanding scholarship and teaching. He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and has taught here. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Tom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. His books include Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association; The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), which also won a best book prize from APSA; Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (2014); and Judicial Reputation (2015). He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he continues to work with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform.

Presented by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Federalist Society on October 30, 2017.