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Catherine Powell

Catherine powell

Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-7433
Office: Room 7-127
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Faculty Assistant: Larry Bridgett

Research and Teaching Areas

International Law; Global Governance; Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Rights; Human Rights, Digital Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


  • Professor of Law, Fordham Law School (2017-present)
  • Social Innovation Award Fellow (2019) for Digital Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Elected to the Board of Editors in 2015 for the American Journal of International Law
  • Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Women and Foreign Policy (January 2014- present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Leitner Center for International Law & Justice, Fordham Law School (
  • 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, Digital Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Selected Publications


  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • M.P.A. Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School Of Public And International Affairs
  • B.A. Yale College