Kenneth W. Abbott
2016 York Workshop │2016 ISEAL Brainstorm│ 2015 LSE Workshop │SSHRC PDG │ 2013 ISA Panel │ 2012 Berlin Workshop │ 2011 Florence Workshop │ 2010 Toronto Workshop
Kenneth W. Abbott is Jack E. Brown Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is also a faculty member at the ASU School of Global Studies and a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability. Professor Abbott taught for over 25 years at Northwestern University, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair in Law and Commerce and served as director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies. Ken is a co-principal investigator and steering committee member overseeing the partnership of researchers investigating transnational business governance initiatives, a project that is funded by a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant and involves more than thirty researchers from nine countries, representing 23 institutions.
Ken is a leading scholar of international law and international relations. He has published extensively in areas that include the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including soft law, public and private institutions, environmental and sustainability issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. His landmark research on transnational governance has introduced numerous influential concepts including the “governance triangle” and “orchestration,” a strategy of indirect governance employed by international organizations and other governance actors. In 2014 he co-authored International Organizations as Orchestrators, which was the result of a three-year group research project on orchestration funded by the Institute of Advanced Study at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Prior to entering teaching, Professor Abbott practiced poverty law in Boston and Oklahoma, and corporate law in New York.