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Daugirdas, Kristina

Professor of Law

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

Kristina Daugirdas teaches and writes in the fields of international law and institutions and U.S. foreign relations law. Her scholarship currently focuses on how international law does (and fails to) regulate international institutions, as well as how they contribute to the development of international law. In 2014, Professor Daugirdas was awarded the Francis Deák Prize for an outstanding article published in the American Journal of International Law by a younger author.

In 2016–2017, Professor Daugirdas was a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and served as a consultant on public international law issues for the World Intellectual Property Organization. From 2014 to 2017, she co-authored the Contemporary Practice of the United States section of the American Journal of International Law.

Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, Professor 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. Professor Daugirdas also clerked for The Hon. 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 her AB, with honors, from Brown University.

Recent Publications

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International Organizations and the Creation of Customary International Law. University of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 597. Working Paper.
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The Dark Side of Reputation: Understanding the United Nations' Failure to Effectively Confront Sexual Violence. Work in Progress.

Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." Julian D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 1 (2017): 155-96.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." Julian D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 2 (2017): 155-96.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." Julian D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 3 (2017): 751-91.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." Julian D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 4 (2017): 1014-62.
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"How and Why International Law Binds International Organizations." Harv. Int'l L.J. 57, no. 2 (2016): 325-81.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 110, no. 4 (2016): 788-833.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 110, no. 1 (2016): 116-29.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-author. Am. J. Int'l L. 110, no. 2 (2016): 346-89.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 110, no. 3 (2016): 554-95.
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Review of Advanced Introduction to the Law of International Organizations, by J. Klabbers. Int'l Organizations L. Rev. 13, no. 2 (2016): 379-407.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 109, no. 1 (2015): 174-213.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 109, no. 2 (2015): 407-32.
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 109, no. 3 (2015): 643-76.​
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Co-editor. "Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law." J. D. Mortenson, co-editor. Am. J. Int'l L. 109, no. 4 (2015): 873-88.
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Professor

Activities

Moderated a panel discussion on the role of the U.S. Congress in shaping foreign policy at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, April 2018.

Presented "Dark Side of Reputation" at the American Society of International Law Midyear Research Meeting, Washington University, St. Louis, October 2017.

Panelist on "United Nations Accountability and International Law" at the Expert Workshop, Seton Hall Law School, October 2017.

Presented "How and Why International Law Binds International Organizations" at the Section for International Law and International Relations Round Table at the University of Vienna, Austria, March 2017.

Presented "The Dark Side of Reputation: Understanding the United Nations' Failure to Effectively Confront Sexual Violence" at the International Law Literature Forum at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2017.

Panelist at the session, "Barrier to Justice or Functional Necessity? The Immunity of International Organizations," at the World Bank Law, Justice and Development Week conference, December 2016.

Presented "Responsibility and Liability of the OSCE" at the Between Aspirations and Realities: Strengthening the Legal Framework of the OSCE conference organized by the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, July 2016.

Presented "Binding the United States: The Scope of the President's Authority to Enter International Agreements" at the William & Mary Law School International Law Workshop, May 2016.

Presented "How and Why International Law Binds International Organizations" at Wayne State University Law School, March 2016.

Faculty panelist at the "Good COP, Bad COP: Bringing the Paris Climate Talks to Ann Arbor" symposium organized by Climate Blue, the Energy Institute, and the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan, January 2016.​

Presented "Consent, Community, and the International Law Norms That Bind International Organizations," Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, Florence, Italy, June 2015. ​