Catherine Powell

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Associate Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-7433
Office: Room 7-127
SSRN (academic papers)

Research and Teaching Areas

International Law; Global Governance; Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Rights; Human Rights


  • Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School (2002-present)

  • Affiliated Faculty, Leitner Center for International Law & Justice, Fordham Law School (

  • Elected to the Board of Editors in 2015 for the American Journal of International Law

  • Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Women and Foreign Policy (January 2014- present) (

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (2012-2013) and Columbia Law (Spring 2007)

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff Member (2009-2011, 2012)

  • White House National Security Staff, Director for Human Rights (May-November 2011 detail from State Department)

  • Associate Clinical Professor and Founding Director, Human Rights Institute and Clinic, Columbia Law School (1998-02)

  • Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (1994-98)

  • Law Clerk, Judge Leonard Sand, SDNY (1993-94)

  • Ford Fellow in Public International Law, Harvard Law School (1992-93)

  • Senior Editor,Yale Law Journal

  • Principal Subjects: International Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law

Selected Publications


  • J.D. Yale Law School, (Earl Warren Scholar)

  • M.P.A. Princeton University, (International Development Concentration) Woodrow Wilson School Of Public And International Affairs

  • B.A. Yale College