Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Northwestern Experts and Initiatives
Annelise Riles is Executive Director of Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, which serves as a hub of connectivity that fosters collaboration across borders of all kinds through transnational dialogue, transnational research and international education. She is also the Associate Provost for Global Affairs at Northwestern University and founder of Meridian 180, a platform for multilingual dialogue and collaboration on critical global issues across traditional silos of expertise, culture and geography. Her scholarship spans a wide range of areas including human rights, managing and accommodating cultural differences and the regulation of global financial markets. In anthropology, her work is known for its methodological contributions as well as for its contributions to the study of international institutions and expertise, and she has conducted legal and anthropological research in China, Japan and the Pacific. Riles has also published on a wide variety of topics, including comparative law, conflict of laws, financial regulation and central banking. Her first book, The Network Inside Out, won the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for 2000-2002.
Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Professor of Law associated with the law school’s Center for International Human Rights, where her teaching and research interests included international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is the director and founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary partnership that analyzes access to health in resource limited settings. From 2017 -2019, Professor Sorensen served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Professor Sorensen is also employed as the Executive Director of Injustice Watch, a non-partisan, not-for-profit, multimedia-journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality.
Ian Hurd is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University. His research on international law and politics combines contemporary global affairs with attention to the conceptual frames that serve to make sense of the world. His latest book, How to Do Things with International Law (Princeton 2017), examines the ideology of the rule of law in international affairs. Hurd is also the author of a book on the power of legitimacy and international authority in the United Nations, After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the UN Security Council, as well as a leading textbook for students of international organizations and global governance, International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice (4th edition, 2020).
Paul Gowder is a Professor of Law at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law. His research focuses on the rule of law, democratic theory, social and racial equality, institutional and organizational governance, and the law of technology, as well as the technology of law. He has taught a variety of classes including constitutional law, torts, critical race theory, professional responsibility, and introductory programming and statistics for law students. In his practice days, he was a civil rights and legal aid lawyer. In those contexts, he represented victims of police misconduct (once winning a rare qualified immunity reversal from the Fourth Circuit), predatory lending, employment discrimination, unlawful eviction, domestic violence, and numerous other injustices.