Faculty & Staff

David Kennedy
David Kennedy is the Faculty Director of the Institute, and the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He teaches international law,David Kennedy international economic policy, legal theory, law and development and European law. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1981 after teaching in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His 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 has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs.

Professor Kennedy also has extensive experience as a practicing lawyer, having worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including work with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, PricewaterhouseCoopers and with the private firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels, where his work combined European antitrust litigation, government relations advising and general corporate law. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is currently Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance.

At Harvard, he served as Chair of the Graduate Committee and Faculty Director of International Legal Studies. He founded the European Law Research Center at Harvard in 1991 and has served continuously as Faculty Director. He has advised a number of educational institutions on their academic programs, and lectured as a Visiting Professor at numerous universities across the world. In 2008-2009, he served as Vice President for International Affairs, University Professor of Law and David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University.

Kristen Verdeaux

Administrative Director
Kristen joined the IGLP in July of 2013 as Events Manager and in 2015 was promoted to Administrative Director where she manages and oversees the organizational and administrative functions of the Institute. Kristen has over 13 years experience managing complex events and programs and specializes in program management, event planning, team building and service delivery. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her Masters of Management in Hospitality at Boston University.


Ginelle MacDonald
Program Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Ginelle joined the IGLP in September of 2017 as the IGLP Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to David Kennedy. She supports both David and Kristen with the organization and administrative functions of the Institute. Ginelle has over 7 years of experience in administrative roles, focusing on project management, event planning and organizational support. She attended University of Massachusetts – Amherst where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology.

Summer 2018 Interns:
Tyler Alexis Beard – Senior – Eastern Tennessee State University
Anda Sommers – 2018 graduate – Northeastern University

The Institute draws on the expertise and experience of a wide range of faculty from Harvard Law School and the greater Harvard University community. Each year we work closely with faculty working on projects concerning global law and policy. Numerous faculty members have mentored our Visiting Researchers and Fellows over the years.

Christine Desan contributes regularly to our program on the history of capitalism and the global economy, while Duncan Kennedy is a regular participant in our work on comparative law, globalization and social theory. We have provided assistance to clinical projects in Africa developed by Lucie White in the fields of global health policy and human rights.

We have long supported Janet Halley’s work in the fields of comparative family law, social theory and the feminist legacies of global governance. Gerald Frug’s work on international local government law has sparked a number of events, and we have supported his comparative research on the city as a legal concept.

Elizabeth Bartholet, Scott Brewer, Allen Ferrell, Martha Field, Terry Fisher, Jesse Fried, Janet Halley, Mark Ramseyer, Steven Shavell, Cass Sunstein, Mark Tushnet have participated in our Spanish training programs co-organized with the Garrigiues law firm.

Lucian Bebchuck, Robert Clark, John Coates, Alan Dershowitz, Einer Elhauge, Allen Ferrell, Howell Jackson, Reinier Kraakman, and Guhan Subramanian have all been participants in our conferences on corporate law and regulation.

We work closely with the graduate program at the law school, encouraging interactions among doctoral students and their faculty colleagues, and are grateful for William Alford’s ongoing engagement and support.

We work regularly with Sheila Jasnoff  to promote cross-collaboration with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School.