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William W. Burke-White

Professor of Law

William Burke-White

William Burke-White is an expert on international law and international institutions. As Inaugural Director of the Perry World House, he is establishing Penn’s new university-wide international affairs institute. Continue reading…


  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Human Rights
  • International Economic Law
  • International Institutions
  • International Law

Articles and Book Chapters

Power Shifts in International Law: Structural Realignment and Substantive Pluralism, 56 HARV. INT'L L.J. 1 (2015).

Crimea and the International Legal Order, 56 SURVIVAL: GLOBAL POL. & STRATEGY 65 (2014).

Comparing the Approaches of the Presidential Candidates, 45 CASE W. RES. J. INT'L L. 369 (2012) (with Pierre-Richard Prosper).

The Adoption of the Responsibility to Protect, in THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE PROMISE OF STOPPING MASS ATROCITIES IN OUR TIME (Jared Genser & Irwin Cotler eds., Oxford Univ. Press Oct. 2011).

Reframing Positive Complementarity: Reflections on the First Decade and Insights from the US Federal Criminal Justice System, in THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND COMPLEMENTARITY: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE, (C. Stahn & M. Al Zeidy, eds., Oxford Univ. Press 2011).

Standards of Review in Investor State Arbitration: A Comparative Public Law Approach (with Andreas von Staden), in INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW AND COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW (Stephen W. Schill, ed., 2010).

Private Litigation in a Public Law Sphere: The Standard of Review in Investor State Arbitrations, 35 YALE J. INT'L L. 283 (2010) (with Andreas von Staden).

International Idealism Meets Domestic-Criminal-Procedure Realism, 59 DUKE L.J. 637 (2010) (with Stephanos Bibas).

Shaping the Contours of Domestic Justice: The International Criminal Court and an Admissibility Challenge in the Uganda Situation, 7 J. INT'L CRIM. JUST. 257 (2009) (with Scott Kaplan).

Shaping the Contours of Domestic Justice: The International Criminal Court and an Admissibility Challenge in the Uganda Situation, in THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AT FIVE (2009) (with Scott Kaplan).

Bargaining for Arrests at the International Criminal Court: A Response to Roper and Barria, 21 LEIDEN J. INT'L L. 477 (2008).

Non-Precluded Measures Provisions, the State of Necessity, and State Liability for Investor Harms in Exceptional Circumstances (with Andreas von Staden), in LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TREATY ARBITRATION. THE CONTROVERSIES AND CONFLICTS (Thomas E. Carbonneau, Mary H. Mourra, eds., Kluwer 2008).

The Argentine Financial Crisis: State Liability Under BITs and the Legitimacy of the ICSID System, 3 ASIAN J. WTO & INT'L HEALTH L. & POL'Y 199 (2008).

The Domestic Influence of International Criminal Tribunals: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Creation of the State Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina, 46 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 279 (2008).

Proactive Complementarity: The International Criminal Court and National Courts in the Rome System of Justice, 49 HARV. INT’L L.J. 53 (2008).

Implementing a Policy of Positive Complementarity in the Rome System of Justice, 19 CRIM. L.F. 59 (2008).

Investment Protection in Extraordinary Times: The Interpretation and Application of Non-Precluded Measures Provisions in Bilateral Investment Treaties 48 VA. J. INT'L L. 307 (2007) (with Andreas von Staden).

The Future of the United Nations, 155 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 74 (debate with Professor Abraham Bell) (2006).

The Future of International Law is Domestic, 47 HARV. INT’L L.J. 327 (2006) (with Anne-Marie Slaughter).

Complementarity in Practice: The International Criminal Court as Part of a System of Multi-Level Global Governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 18 LEIDEN J. INT’L L. 557 (2005).

International Legal Pluralism, 25 MICH. J. INT’L L. 963 (2005).

Human Rights and National Security: The Strategic Correlation, 17 HARV. HUM. RTS. J.249 (2004).

A Community of Courts: Toward a System of International Criminal Law Enforcement, 24 MICH. J. INT’L L. 1 (2003).

An International Constitutional Moment (with Anne-Marie Slaughter), 43 HARV. INT’L L.J. 1 (2002).

Reframing Impunity: Applying Liberal International Law Theory to an Analysis of Amnesty Legislation, 42 HARV. INT’L L.J. 467 (2001).

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Working Papers


Research Areas

  • Public International Law
  • International Relations
  • International Investment Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  • International Arbitration
  • Iran, Russia
  • Human Rights


Penn Law – Deputy Dean (2011- ); Professor of Law (2010- ); Assistant Professor (2005-10)

Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member (2012- )

U.S. Department of State - The Secretary's Policy Planning Staff (2009-11)

Visiting Scholar – International Criminal Court; Mofid University, Qom, Iran; Moscow State Institute for International Relations

Government of Rwanda, Constitutional Commission (2001-02); International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, The Hague (Summer 2000)

Princeton University – Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Special Assistant to the Dean (2003-05)


  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights & National Security
  • Global Governance
  • Sovereign Bankruptcy
  • Transitional Justice

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