APRC Council
  • Professor David Kennedy

    Director of Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School

    An American academic and legal scholar known for his work on, and criticism of, International Law, Professor David Kennedy holds an appointment as Vice President International Affairs at Brown University, and the endowed chair as David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations.

    David Kennedy was formerly the Manley Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of its European Law Research Center. He also served as the Director of Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies where he inaugurated BIARI, an interdisciplinary workshop that focused on contemporary issues in global governance. After serving at Brown, he returned to Harvard Law School and currently serves as the Director of the newly formed Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).


    David Kennedy obtained his A.B. from Brown, graduating cum laude. In 1979 he completed a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He then attended Harvard Law School to be awarded his J.D. (magna cum laude), after which he was admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia. Later, he returned to the Tufts and the Fletcher school to complete his doctoral studies, where he obtained a Ph.D. in international law and organisations, law and economic development.


    He has worked for the United Nations, the European Commission and in private practice. He is also a member of Council on Foreign Relations, a position held since 2003.