Oona Hathaway

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Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School.  She earned her B.A. summa cum laude at Harvard University in 1994 and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal, in 1997.  Before recently re-joining the faculty at Yale, she served as a Law Clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and for D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald, held fellowships at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions, served as Associate Professor at Boston University School of Law, as Associate Professor at Yale Law School, and as Professor of Law at U.C. Berkeley. Her current research focuses on the intersection of domestic and international law.  Her recent articles include “Presidential Power over International Law: Restoring the Balance” (Yale Law Journal), “Treaties’ End: The Past, Present and Future of International Lawmaking in the United States” (Yale Law Journal), “Revisionism and Rationalism in International Law” (Harvard Law Review), “Between Power and Principle: An Integrated Theory of International Law” (Chicago Law Review), “The Cost of Compliance” (Stanford Law Review), and “Do Human Rights Treaties Make a Difference?” (Yale Law Journal). Professor Hathaway received the Carnegie Scholars Award in 2004, serves on the Executive Committee of the MacMillan Center at Yale University, serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, and has testified before Congress several times on legal issues surrounding the U.S. war in Iraq.

J.D., Yale, 1997
B.A., Harvard, 1994

Courses Taught
Foreign Affairs and International Law
Introduction to Transnational Law
Law and Globalization
Research and Writing on International Law
Civil Procedure
International Law and International Relations
State Behavior and International Law
International Law and Human Rights
Norms and Ideas in International Law and Politics (with Prof. Keith Darden)
Philosophy of International Law (informal seminar)