It’s our great pleasure to welcome Karen Alter as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Karen is Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, where she teaches, among other courses, international courts and tribunals. She is also co-director of the institutionalization research cluster at the iCourts Center of Excellence, Copenhagen University Faculty of Law. Karen received her B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University and her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Karen’s current research focuses on the impact of the proliferation of international legal mechanisms on international relations. Her book The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press, 2013) provides a framework for comparing and understanding the influence of the twenty-five existing international courts, and for thinking about how different domains of domestic and international politics are transformed through the creation of international courts. She was a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2011-12 and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on international courts and tribunals.
Today we welcome her post on the gender citation gap in international relations.