Profile of Invited Expert “Burke-White”

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Full Name
William W. Burke-White, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

William Burke-White is Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Burke-White is a leading expert on international law, international institutions, and global governance. From 2009-2011 he served in the Obama Administration on Secretary of State Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral affairs, international institutions, and the Russian Federation. He was Principal Drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark effort to reform the Department of State and reshape US foreign policy. Burke-White helped lead the implementation of the QDDR and oversaw numerous elements of institutional reform.

Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with particular focus on international criminal and international financial law. He has worked on issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; linkages between human rights and national security, and international investment arbitration. His current research explores the gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent state interests. In 2008 he received the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in teaching an introductory course and was awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2007 he received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Burke-White has been Visiting Professor at a range of institutions in the US and abroad, including the Max Plank Institute for International and Comparative Law in Heidelberg, Germany, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia; and Mofid University, in Qom, Iran. He holds a JD and BA magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Selected Citations to Published Materials
  • Stephanos Bibas & William W. Burke-White, International Idealism Meets Domestic-Criminal-Procedure Realism, 59 Duke L.J. 637 (Jan. 2010), available online.
  • William W. Burke-White, The Domestic Influence of International Criminal Tribunals: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Creation of the State Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina, 46 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 279 (2008), available online.
  • William W. Burke-White & Scott Kaplan, Shaping the Contours of Domestic Justice: The International Criminal Court and an Admissibility Challenge in the Uganda Situation, 7 J. Int’l Crim. Just. 257 (Jun. 15, 2009), paywall, doi.
  • William W. Burke-White, Complementarity in Practice: the International Criminal Court as Part of a System of Multi-Level Global Governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 18 Leiden J. Int’l L. 557 (Oct. 2005), paywall, doi.
  • William W. Burke-White, Proactive Complementarity: The International Criminal Court and National Courts in the Rome System of Justice, 49 Harv. Int’l L.J. 53 (Dec. 2008), paywall.


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