Karen Knop is a professor and Associate Dean, Research at the Faculty of Law. From 2007 to 2012, she was editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal. Professor Knop holds graduate degrees in law from Toronto and Columbia, and degrees in law and in mathematics from Dalhousie. She has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, the J.C. Smith Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham School of Law and a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies, New York University School of Law, and taught twice as a Visiting Fellow in the graduate programme at the University of Melbourne Law School. Professor Knop has served as rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Feminism and International Law, member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law and member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and currently sits on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the London Review of International Law.
Professor Knop writes on public and private international law, with a focus on issues of interpretation, identity and participation. Her book Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law. She is the editor of Gender and Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) and co-editor of Re-Thinking Federalism: Citizens, Markets and Governments in a Changing World (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1995), as well as the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters. Among her publications on private international law are a symposium issue of Law and Contemporary Problems on “Trandisciplinary Conflict of Laws,” and “From Multiculturalism to Technique: Feminism, Culture, and the Conflict of Laws Style” which appeared in the Stanford Law Review in 2012 (both with Ralf Michaels (Duke) and Annelise Riles (Cornell)).