Prof. Eugene Kontorovich

Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Kontorovich’s research spans the fields of constitutional law, international law, and law and economics. He has authored a series of papers that extend the economic analysis of law to public law. Prof. Kontorovich is also one of the leading experts on maritime piracy,  universal jurisdiction and international criminal law. He has been called on to advise lawyers in historic piracy trials around the world. He is working on a book, Justice at Sea: Piracy and the Limits of International Criminal Law, under contract with Harvard University Press. His scholarship has been relied upon in numerous federal judicial opinions.

Prof. Kontorovich has also written and lectured extensively about the legal aspects of the Israel-Arab conflict.

He went to college and law school at the University of Chicago, where he also taught for two years as a visiting professor. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

During the 2011-12 academic year, Prof. Kontorovich is a resident member of the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science, in Princeton.

  • BA, University of Chicago
  • JD, University of Chicago

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Publications and Multimedia
Zivotofsky v. Kerry - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-5-14 featuring Eugene Kontorovich
December 05, 2014
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 4-23-13 featuring Eugene Kontorovich
April 23, 2013
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-03-12 featuring Eugene Kontorovich
October 03, 2012
Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-20-12 featuring Eugene Kontorovich
April 20, 2012
Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Rajoub - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-06-12 featuring Eugene Kontorovich
March 06, 2012
2012 Bator Award Presentation - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 03, 2012