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.