William Burke-White

Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House

William Burke-White, PhD, JD, MPhil, an expert on international law and global governance, served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions. He was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with focus on international criminal and international economic law. His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration. His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests. This work has led Professor Burke-White to study Brazil’s role in the BRIC economies and Latin America and to develop a course for Penn Law students that allowed them to travel to Brazil as part of their research.

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