Oona Hathaway

Current Position: Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Brief Bio: Oona Hathaway is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Hathaway earned a B.A. summa cum laude at Harvard University and a J.D. at Yale Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. She worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. During a fellowship at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and at Harvard University's Center for Ethics and the Professions, she conducted research on the influence of human rights treaties on states' human rights practices. She is a recent recipient of a Carnegie Scholars Award for her project, Between Power and Principle: A Political Theory of International Law, and she is working on a book on the promise and limits of international law.

Sample Publications:
  • "Between Power and Principle: An Integrated Theory of International Law," 71 U. Chi. L. Rev. (Spring 2005)
  • "The Cost of Commitment," 55 Stan.L. Rev. 1821 (2003)
  • "Do Human Rights Treaties Make a Difference?," 111 Yale L.J. 1935 (2002)