Alexandra Huneeus

Professor of Law ; Director, Global Legal Studies Center

Huneeus, Alexandra


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
J.D. Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Areas:
Comparative Law
Human Rights Law
International Law
Latin American Law
Law & Society

Recently Taught Courses
641 Sociology of Law
815 Appellate Advocacy (International Law)
827 International Law

Research Interests:
Public international law; Comparative law; Latin America; Human rights; Judicial Politics


Alexandra Huneeus is a leading authority on human rights law in Latin America. She has written extensively about international human rights courts, with an emphasis on their relation to national courts, as well as to other international courts. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science and sociology, and has been published in the American Journal of International Law, Law and Social Inquiry, Yale Journal of International Law, Cornell International Law Journal and by Cambridge University Press. In 2013, she was awarded the American Association for Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize, as well as the American Society for Comparative Law Award for Younger Scholars (for two different articles). Currently, she holds an NSF grant to explore the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic prosecutions of state atrocity. She is Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received her PhD, JD and BA from University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doc at Stanford's Center on Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

Professor Huneeus is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and is a founding board member of the Brazilian Journal of Empirical/Socio-Legal Studies. She holds a permanent visiting professorship at the Universidad Diego Portales Law School in Santiago, Chile. She serves as Chair of the Steering Committee of the University of Wisconsin Human Rights Program, which she co-founded, Chair of the American Society for International Law Midwest Interest Group, and is on the Board of the Inter-American Human Rights Network. Previously, she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association and the American Society for Comparative Law, and as section chair for the Midwest Political Science Association (Law and Courts). 

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