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Daugirdas, Kristina

Assistant Professor of Law

3258 South Hall
734.615.6733
E-mail kdaugir@umich.edu

Prof. Kristina Daugirdas teaches Transnational Law, Environmental Law, and a course and seminar on the United Nations and other international organizations. Her research currently focuses on international organizations from the perspective of both international and U.S. law. Prof. Daugirdas's most recent article, published in the American Journal of International Law, challenges the empirical foundations for the claim that international organizations undermine democracy. An earlier article published in the Maryland Law Review evaluated constitutional challenges to legislation and regulations implementing international agreements including the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The article earned an award from the American Constitution Society's Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Prof. Daugirdas currently serves as co-editor of the Contemporary Practice of the United States section of the American Journal of International Law.

Before joining the Michigan faculty, Prof. Daugirdas was an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. In that role, she provided guidance on the negotiation and implementation of UN Security Council sanctions and amicus participation by the U.S. government in lawsuits with foreign policy implications. Prof. Daugirdas also clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She earned her JD, magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, and received several graduation awards including the Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award for the most outstanding student note published in the NYU Law Review. As a law student she served as senior articles editor for the NYU Law Review.

Prof. Daugirdas holds an AB, with honors, from Brown University. Before law school she worked as a research assistant on state and federal welfare and child support policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She also completed, with distinction, a yearlong economics program at the London School of Economics.

Recent Publications

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​"Congress Underestimated: The Case of the World Bank." Am. J. Int'l L. 107, no. 3 (2013): 517-62.
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Why the Draft Articles on IO Responsibility Matter. Working Paper, 2013.

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Activities

​Prof. Daugirdas's article, "Congress Underestimated: The Case of the World Bank," which appeared in the American Journal of International Law, was the subject of a symposium hosted by the international law blog opiniojuris.org, December 2013.

Discussed "Participatory Governance in the 21st Century," Roundtable hosted by the American Society of International Law and Arizona State University, Washington, D.C., December 2013.​

Discussed "Elective International Law in Congress" by Kevin Cope, American Society of International Law Workshop on International Law in Domestic Courts, Yale University, December 2013.

Presented "Why the Draft Articles on IO Responsibility Matter," Second Annual ASIL-ESIL-Rechtskulturen Workshop on International Legal Theory, University of Michigan Law School, November 2013. ​

Participated in an online symposium on Opinio Juris reviewing Curtis Bradley's new book, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, March 12, 2013.

Presented a paper at the Wharton-CU Law International Law Workshop, September 27-28, 2012.

Presented "Losing Its Grip?: Congress and the World Bank" at the American Society of International Law Workshop on International Law in Domestic Courts, December 16, 2011.

Presented "Losing Its Grip?: Congress and the World Bank" at the American Society of International Law Workshop on International Organizations, October 28, 2011.

Presented and commented on a paper by Michael Van Alstine, "Stare Decisis and Foreign Affairs," American Society of International Law Workshop, University of Virginia, December 2010.

 
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