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Emilie Hafner-Burton

Professor; Research Director, Future of Democracy (IGCC); Peter Cowhey Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Policy; Director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation

Emilie Hafner-Burton is a professor at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) and the Department of Political Science, and the Research Director for the Future of Democracy Initiative at the University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). She is also the director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at GPS as well as the Peter Cowhey Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Policy.

At both GPS and IGCC, she leads a broad program of theoretical, empirical, and field research studying challenges to democratic representation, elections, inclusive democracy, technology and democracy, and authoritarian international relations.

Hafner-Burton is a leader in policy-relevant research on international law, studying when and why international laws work and don’t work. She is author of “Making Human Rights a Reality” that looks at the emergence of a massive body of legal norms and procedures aimed at protecting human rights and why it has been so hard for these international laws to have much impact in parts of the world where human rights are most at risk. It was awarded the best book of 2015 by the International Studies Association.

She has published widely on these and other research subjects, including corruption, social network analysis, behavioral economics, economic sanctions and gender mainstreaming in international organizations.

For more information, please visit Emilie Hafner-Burton’s personal site

Education and CV

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2003
M.A., Oxford University, Department of Politics, 2003 (honorary)
M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1999
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Seattle University, 1995

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book"Making Human Rights a Reality"
Emilie M. Hafner-Burton (UC San Diego)
Princeton University Press (2013)

"Forced to Be Good: Why Trade Agreements Boost Human Rights"
Emilie M. Hafner-Burton (UC San Diego)
Cornell University Press (2009)