Karen Engle

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



  • Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press, 2016) (with Zinaida Miller & D. M. Davis).
  • The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).
  • After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (New York: Routledge, 1995) (editor, with Dan Danielsen).


  • Feminist Legacies [Symposium: The International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda: Broadening the Debate], AJIL Unbound (November 23, 2016), <https://www.asil.org/sites/default/files/Engle%2C%20Feminist%20Legacies_0.pdf>.
  • Anti-Impunity and the Turn to Criminal Law in Human Rights, 100 Cornell Law Review 1069 (2015).
  • 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
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Property: Responses to Alviar and Azuela, 89 Texas Law Review 1957 (2011). View Article
  • On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights [Symposium: The Human Dimension of International Cultural Heritage Law], 22 European Journal of International Law 141 (2011).
  • The Political Economy of State and Local Immigration Regulation: Comments on Olivas and Hollifield, Hunt & Tichenor, 61 SMU Law Review 159 (2008).
  • Classic Revisited: Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls, 106 Michigan Law Review 941 (2008). View Article
  • Aux Armes! Droits des Femmes et Intervention Humanitaire, 173 Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales 80 (2008).
  • “Calling in the Troops”: The Uneasy Relationship Among Women’s Rights, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Intervention, 20 Harvard Human Rights Journal 189 (2007). View Article
  • Foreword [Symposium: Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights], 41 Texas International Law Journal 385 (2006). View Article
  • Bibliography for Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights, 41 Texas International Law Journal 529 (2006) (with Kumar Percy). View Article
  • Asylum: Introduction [Symposium: Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights], 41 Texas International Law Journal 469 (2006). View Article
  • Abordagens críticas sobre o Direito norte-americano, Revista Trimestral de Direito Civil, July-Sept. 2005, at 121.
  • Working Borders: Linking Debates About Insourcing and Outsourcing of Capital and Labor [conference proceedings], 40 Texas International Law Journal 691 (2005) (with Karen L. Engle et al.). View Article
  • Feminism and Its (Dis)Contents: Criminalizing Wartime Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 99 American Journal of International Law 778 (2005). View Article
  • Liberal Internationalism, Feminism, and the Suppression of Critique: Contemporary Approaches to Global Order in the United States, 46 Harvard International Law Journal 427 (2005). View Article
  • Constructing Good Aliens and Good Citizens: Legitimating the War on Terror(ism), 75 University of Colorado Law Review 59 (2004). View Article
  • The Rise of the Personal Animosity Presumption in Title VII and the Return to “No Cause” Employment, 81 Texas Law Review 1117 (2003) (with Chad Derum). View Article
  • Round Table Discussion: Subversive Legal Moments? [Symposium: Subversive Legacies], 12 Texas Journal of Women & the Law 197 (2003) (with others).
  • From Skepticism to Embrace: Human Rights and the American Anthropological Association from 1947-1999, 23 Human Rights Quarterly 536 (2001). View Article
  • Culture and Human Rights: The Asian Values Debate in Context, 32 NYU Journal of International Law & Politics 291 (2000). View Article
  • Legislating Special Rights [Symposium on Re-Orienting Law and Sexuality], 48 Cleveland State Law Review 43 (2000). View Article
  • What’s So Special About Special Rights?, 75 Denver University Law Review 1265 (1998).
  • Comparative Law as Exposing the Foreign System’s Internal Critique: An Introduction, 1997 Utah Law Review 359. View Article
  • Attempting to Redeem Title VII Through the Religious Accommodation Provision: The Recalcitrance of Integrationism and Separationism, 76 Texas Law Review 319 (1997).
  • Views from the Margins: A Response to David Kennedy, 1994 Utah Law Review 105. View Article
  • Immigration Politics and Sovereignty: National Responses to “Bad Aliens” [Introduction], 88 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 439 (1994).
  • International Human Rights and Feminism: When Discourses Meet, 13 Michigan Journal of International Law 517 (1992). View Article
  • National Sovereignty Revisited: Perspectives on the Emerging Norm of Democracy in International Law [Remarks], 86 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 253 (1992).
  • Female Subjects of Public International Law: Human Rights and the Exotic Other Female, 26 New England Law Review 1509 (1992). [Reprinted in After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (Dan Danielsen & Karen Engle eds.; New York: Routledge, 1995); Human Rights Law (Philip Alston ed.; Aldershot, U.K.: Dartmouth, 1996); 2 Feminist Legal Theory Volume (Frances Olsen ed.; Aldershot, U.K.: Dartmouth, 1995).] View Article
  • Nainen Kansainvälisen Oikeuden Subjektina: Esimerkkin Klitorodektomia [“Female Subjects of Public International Law: The Case of Clitoridectomy”], 3 Oikeus 214 (1991).


  • Human Rights, Culture & Context, ed. by Richard Wilson, 93 American Journal of International Law 278 (1999). View Article


  • The Distributive Politics of Impunity and Anti-Impunity: Lessons from Four Decades of Colombian Peace Negotiations, in Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda, 216 (Karen Engle, Zinaida Miller, & D. M. Davis, Cambridge University Press, 2016) (with Helena Alviar García).
  • A Genealogy of the Criminal Turn in Human Rights, in Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda, 15 (Karen Engle, Zinaida Miller, & D. M. Davis, Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • The Grip of Sexual Violence: Reading United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Human Security, in Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security, 23 (Gina Heathcote & Dianne Otto, Palgrave, 2014). View article
  • 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
  • The Force of Shame, in Rethinking Rape Law: International and Comparative Perspectives 331 (Clare McGlynn & Vanessa E. Munro eds.; Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2010) (with Annelies Lottmann).
  • Indigenous Rights Claims in International Law: Self-Determination, Culture and Development, in Routledge Handbook of International Law 331 (David Armstrong ed., London: Routledge, 2009).
  • International Human Rights and Feminisms: When Discourses Keep Meeting, in International Law: Modern Feminist Approaches 47 (Doris Buss & Ambreena Manji eds.; Oxford, U.K.: Hart Publishing, 2005).
  • From Skepticism to Embrace: Human Rights and the American Anthropological Association from 1947 to 1999, in Engaging Cultural Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies 344 (R.A. Shweder, M. Minow & H.R. Markus eds.; New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002).
  • Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy and Assimilated Culture (with Ranjana Khanna), in Feminism and New Democracy: Re-Siting the Political 67 (Jodi Dean ed.; London: Sage, 1997).
  • After the Collapse of the Public/Private Distinction: Strategizing Women's Rights, in Reconceiving Reality: Women and International Law 143 (Dorinda Dallmeyer ed.; Washington, D.C.: American Society of International Law 1993). View Article

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