Karen L. Engle

  • Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law
  • Founder and Co-Director, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

Education

  • JD Harvard
  • BA Baylor

KAREN ENGLE is Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and Founder and Co-director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women's and Gender Studies. She teaches courses and specialized seminars in public international law, international human rights law, and legal theory.

Professor Engle received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and a B.A. with honors from Baylor University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as a post-doctoral Ford Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Engle received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogota in 2010. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah prior to joining the University of Texas.

Professor Engle writes on the interaction between social movements and law, particularly in the fields of international human rights law, international criminal law, and Latin American law. She is author of The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Human Rights. Other recent publications include “The Grip of Sexual Violence: Reading United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Human Security” (in Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security)(Palgrave, 2014) and “Self-critique, (Anti)politics and Criminalization: Reflections on the History and Trajectory of the Human Rights Movement” (in New Approaches to International Law: The European and American Experiences)(TMCAsser Press/Springer, 2012).

Recent Publications

  • Self-Critique, (Anti) Politics and Criminalization: Reflections on the History and Trajectory of the Human Rights Movement, in New Approaches to International Law: The European and the American Experiences, 41 (José María Beneyto & David Kennedy , editors, Asser Press, 2012). View Article
  • Celebrity Diplomacy and Global Citizenship, 3 Celebrity Studies 116 (2012). View Article
  • La Esquiva Promesa de Desarrollo Para las Comunidades Afrodescendientes: El Futuro de la Ley 70, in Revista de Derecho Público, No. 26, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011. View Article

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