About

Kenneth W. (Ken) Abbott is the Jack E. Brown Chair in Law in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Professor of Global Studies in the School of Politics and Global Studies, and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability, all at Arizona State University. His teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international institutions, international law and international relations. He studies a wide range of public and private institutions, in fields including environmental protection and sustainability, global health, corruption, emerging technologies and international trade.

Before joining ASU, Professor Abbott taught for over 25 years at Northwestern University, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair and served as director of the university-wide Center for International and Comparative Studies. Professor Abbott is a Lead Faculty member of the Earth System Governance Project, and a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, Regulation & Governance and Journal of International Economic Law.

New publication:

  • “Orchestration: Strategic Ordering in Polycentric Climate Governance”, in Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Jonas Schoenefeld and Johanna Forster, eds., Cambridge University Press 2018