Prof. Chimène Keitner

Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Chimène Keitner’s research focuses on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of international law and domestic litigation. She is the author of a book, The Paradoxes of Nationalism, and over twenty articles, essays, and book chapters on questions surrounding the relationship among law, communities, and borders. Professor Keitner holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. During law school, she was a student director of the immigration clinic, an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law, and winner of the best team and best oralist prizes in the Yale moot court competition. After law school, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and spent three and a half years in private practice in San Francisco, where she represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination and consumer fraud class actions. Professor Keitner previously served as a consultant for groups including UNESCO, the Greenland Commission on Self-Government, and the Faroese Constitutional Committee on issues relating to cultural diversity and self-determination. In 2005, she served as co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First in the first civil suit to challenge the U.S. government's treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, she represented amici Professors of Public International Law and Comparative Law in the Supreme Court case Samantar v. Yousuf. Professor Keitner served as Co-Chair for the American Society of International Law's 105th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and serves as Co-Chair of the ASIL International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group.

  • Yale Law School, J.D. (2002)
  • Oxford University, D.Phil. (2001), M.Phil. (1998)
  • Harvard University, A.B. (1996)

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Publications and Multimedia
What is Left of the Alien Tort Statute after Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum? - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group Podcast
May 13, 2013