David Kennedy



Advisory Board


David Kennedy is the 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. His research utilizes interdisciplinary materials from sociology, social theory, economics, and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy, and the nature of professional expertise.
As a practicing lawyer and consultant, David Kennedy has worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public. A member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and a former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance, he has taught at universities around the world, and he served as Vice President for International Affairs, University Professor of Law and David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, David Kennedy is a member of the Advisory Board.


Of Law and the World: Critical Conversations on Power, History and Political Economy, 2023

A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy, 2016

The Rights of Spring: A Memoir of Innocence Abroad, 2009

Of Law and War, 2006

The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, 2004.

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