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Professor Karen Knop

Karen Knop is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where she served as the Associate Dean of research (2016-18) and editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal (2007-12). Her research is broadly concerned with the challenges of gender and cultural differences to core concepts in public international law, including sovereignty, self-determination, nationality and the relationship between international and domestic law. More recently, Professor Knop has developed alternative approaches to some of these topics by turning to private international law both as such and as a style of analysis.

Professor Knop's latest research explores the frame of “foreign relations law.” Already an established field in the United States, foreign relations law is emerging in other common-law countries as a cross-cutting field that brings together international, constitutional and administrative law. Scholars elsewhere, however, will require critical models of foreign relations law that go beyond the US focus on court cases explicitly framed in foreign relations terms. During her British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Professor Knop will be hosted at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she will research the legal, political and normative dimensions of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (1981-93) protesting the housing of United States cruise missiles in the United Kingdom as a feminist case study in foreign relations law.


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