Kenneth Abbott

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Jack E Brown Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science and Innovation
  • Center for Law and Global Affairs Advisory Board
  • Professor of Global Studies, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Affiliate, School of Public Affairs; Center for Law, Science and Innovation; and Center for Law and Global Affairs, Arizona State University
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sandra O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906


A leading scholar in international law, Kenneth Abbott's teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program. Professor Abbott is a member of the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.


international relations; international law; economic law; cross-border cooperation; emerging technologies; private and public governance


JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1969

AB, Government, Cornell University, 1966

Journal Articles


Abbott, K. W. 2012. Engaging the public and the private in global sustainability governance. International Affairs 88(3):543-564. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01088.x. (link)

Abbott, K. W. 2012. The transnational regime complex for climate change. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 30(4):571-590. DOI: 10.1068/c11127. (link)

Abbott, K. W. and D. Gartner. 2012. Reimaging participation in international institutions. Journal of International Law and International Relations 8:1-35.

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Book Chapters


Abbott, K. W. and D. Snidal. 2013. Law, legalization and politics: An agenda for the next generation of IL/IR scholars. Pp. 33-58 In: Dunoff, J. L. and M. A. Pollack eds., Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Internatonal Law and International Relations: The State of the Art. Cambridge University Press.


Marchant, G. E., K. W. Abbott, D. J. Sylvester and L. M. Gulley. 2012. Transnational new govenance and the international coordination of nanotechnology oversight. In: Dana, D. ed., The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Legal Institutions for Uncertain Challenges. Cambridge University Press.


Abbott, K. W. 2011. An international framework agreement on science and technological innovation and regulation. In: Marchant, G. E., B. R. Allenby and J. R. Herkert eds., The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem. Springer.

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