David Kennedy

Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
Inequality Project Advisory Board

David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development, and European law. He is also a practicing lawyer and consultant, working on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including for the United Nations. He has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and past Chair and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance. In 2011, he was appointed Foreign Advisor to Thailand’s Truth for Reconciliation Commission and now serves as a member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Commission. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics, and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy, and the nature of professional expertise. He is the author of A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for Promoting Development in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2013) and New Approaches to International Law: The European and American Experiences (T.M.C. Asser Press, 2013). He obtained an AB from Brown University, an MALD and PhD from Tufts University, and a JD from Harvard Law School and University of Helsinki.