Oona Hathaway Is Named the Latrobe Smith Professor

Oona A. Hathaway, newly designated as the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, focuses her current research on the intersection of domestic and international law.

Hathaway is the author of the “Strong States: Strong World: Why International Law Succeeds and Fails and What We Should Do About It,” which will be published in 2010 by Princeton University Press. Among her recent articles are “Presidential Power Over International Law: Restoring the Balance,” “Treaties’ End: The Past, Present and Future of International Lawmaking in the United States” and “Do Human Rights Treaties Make a Difference” — all in the Yale Law Journal.

A graduate of Harvard University, Hathaway earned her J.D. at Yale Law School in 1997. She served as a law clerk to Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and then joined the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery. In 1999, she was the Eugene P. Beard Visiting Graduate Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Ethics and the Professions and at its Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Hathaway began her teaching career in 2000 as Boston University School of Law. She joined the Yale Law School faculty two years later as an associate professor. She moved to the University of California-Berkeley School of Law in 2008 and returned to Yale this year. She has also served as a distinguished visitor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Since 2005, Hathaway has served on the Advisory Committee on International Law for the legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State.

At Yale, Hathaway serves on the executive committee of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and received its Director’s Award in 2004. Her other honors include a 2004 Carnegie Scholars Award.

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