Prof. Eugene Kontorovich

Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Professor Eugene Kontorovich teaches at Northwestern University School of Law. He specializes in constitutional law, federal courts, and public international law. He is one of the world’s preeminent experts on universal jurisdiction and maritime piracy, as well as international law and the Israel-Arab conflict.

Prof. Kontorovich has published over thirty major scholarly articles and book chapters in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals in the United States and Europe, including the American Journal of International Law, International Review of Law & Economics, Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and many more. His scholarship has been cited in leading foreign relations and international law cases in the U.S. federal courts and abroad.

He is the co-editor of the newly-published book, Economics Analysis of International Law (Edward Elgar 2016).

His expertise is often sought out and quoted by major news organizations such the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR News, The New Yorker, L.A.Times, and numerous television and radio programs. Prof. Kontorovich’s popular writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, POLITICO, Commentary, Haaretz, and numerous other leading publications.

He is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy legal blog. Prof. Kontorovich is one the world’s preeminent experts on international law and the Israeli-Arab conflict. As such, he is regularly called on to advise legislators and cabinet members in the U.S., Israel, and Europe. Prof. Kontorovich has testified before Congress, and spoken to the European Parliament and Israeli Knesset, and served as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department. Prof. Kontorovich also plays a leading role in the drafting of U.S. state laws dealing with Israel boycotts. He is also a widely sought after speaker to professional, academic and communal groups.

He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and ultimately taught there. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has been honored with a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, in 2011-12, and with the Federalist Society’s prestigious Bator Award, given annually to a young scholar (under 40), for outstanding scholarship and teaching.

In a previous career, he was a newspaperman at Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and the Forward.

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

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Publications and Multimedia
President Obama and Nuclear Tests - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
September 30, 2016
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