Alexandra Huneeus

Professor of Law ; Director, Global Legal Studies Center

Alexandra  Huneeus

Room 8111, Law School

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


Alexandra Huneeus’ scholarship focuses on international law and human rights, with emphasis on Latin America. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, Law and Social Inquiry, Yale Journal of International Law, Leiden International Law Journal, and by Cambridge University Press. She is Evjue Bascom  Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Society and Justice at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her PhD, JD and BA from University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doc at Stanford University's Center on Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law.

In 2017, Professor Huneeus was named to serve a ten-year term as Foreign Expert Jurist in the Colombian Jurisdicción para la Paz (JEP), a court created as part of the Colombian peace process. At UW, Professor Huneeus currently serves as Director of the Center for Law, Society and Justice. She is Co-Chair of the University of Wisconsin Human Rights Program, which she co-founded, and Director of the Global Legal Studies Program. She is a member of the American Society of International Law and the Law and Society Association. She has served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and of Law and Social Inquiry. 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) and for the ASIL Midwest Interest Group on International law. 

In 2019 she was awarded the best paper prize by the International Society of Public Law. 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), and in 2014 she was awarded an NSF grant to explore the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic prosecutions of state atrocity.

Before becoming a scholar, she worked as journalist, and has written for Wired News, Business Week International, The San Francisco Chronicle, El Mercurio, and other media.

Follow her on twitter: @Alex_Huneeus

Scholarship & Publications


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Research Interests

  • Public international law
  • Comparative law
  • Latin America
  • Human rights
  • Judicial Politics


Teaching Areas

  • Comparative Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Latin American Law
  • Law & Society

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