William Burke-White

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Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

William Burke-White is Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Burke-White, an international lawyer and political scientist, is a leading expert on U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, and international law. He researches and writes on the relationships between law and politics in international affairs and has particular expertise on the design and implementation of complex global governance solutions that involve multiple countries, international institutions, and multilateral legal regimes. He has significant regional expertise on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. His current research examines the role of sub-state actors in the international legal system and the impacts of changing global power dynamics on the norms and structures of international law. Professor Burke-White served as the Inaugural Director of Perry World House from 2014-2019. He holds both a bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University, and a doctorate in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Expertise: Conflict; Diplomacy; International Law

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