David Kennedy is the Vice President for International Affairs, University Professor of Law and David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University. In addition he is the Manley O. Hudson Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the European Law Research Center. He teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development, and European law. He joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1981 after teaching in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles on international law, history and legal theory, and founder of the New Approaches to International Law project.
Professor Kennedy's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy and the nature of professional expertise. He is particularly interested in the politics of the transnational regime for economic policy making. Kennedy has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs.
As a practicing lawyer and consultant, Prof. Kennedy has worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including work with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, and with the private firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels. His work with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton combined European antitrust litigation, government relations advising and general corporate law.
Prof. Kennedy served as Chair of the Graduate Committee and Faculty Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies from 1991-1997. He has advised a number of educational institutions on their law and graduate programs, including Brown University, the University of Quebec Lavalle and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Professor Kennedy has lectured at numerous universities and institutes, and has been a Visiting Professor at New York University in 1999, at the University of Paris (X) in 1995-1998, 2001-2002, and 2005-2006; at the University of Toronto in 1998 and 1999 and at the University of Paris (II) in the spring of 1998. He was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 2000-2001.