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.
JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1969
AB, Government, Cornell University, 1966
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.
Abbott, K. W., G. E. Marchant and E. A. Corley. 2012. Soft law oversight mechanisms for nanotechnology. Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology 52(3):279-312.
Biermann, F., K. W. Abbott, S. Andresen, K. Backstrand, S. Bernstein, M. M. Betsill, H. Bulkeley, B. Cashore, J. Clapp, C. Folke, S. K. Gupta, J. Gupta, P. M. Haas, N. Jordan, N. Kanie, T. Kluvankova-Oravska, L. Lebel, D. Liverman, J. Meadowcroft, R. B. Mitchell, P. Newell, S. Oberthur, L. Olsson, P. Pattberg, R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, H. Schroeder, A. Underdal, S. Camargo Vieira, C. Vogel, O. R. Young, A. Brock and R. Zondervan. 2012. Navigating the anthropocene: Improving earth system governance. Science 335(6074):1306-1307. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217255. (link)
Biermann, F., K. W. Abbott, S. Andresen, K. Backstrand, S. Bernstein, M. M. Betsill, H. Bulkeley, B. Cashore, J. Clapp, C. Folke, A. Gupta, J. Gupta, P. M. Haas, A. Jordan, N. Kanie, T. Kluvankova-Oravska, L. Lebel, D. Liverman, J. Meadowcroft, R. B. Mitchell, P. Newell, S. Oberthur, L. Olsson, P. Pattberg, R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, H. Schroeder, A. Underdal, S. Camargo Vieira, C. Vogel, O. R. Young, A. Brock and R. Zondervan. 2012. Transforming governance and institutions for global sustainability: Key insights from the Earth System Governance Project. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(2):51-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.014. (link)
Abbott, K. W. and G. E. Marchant. 2010. Institutionalizing sustainability across the federal government. Sustainability 2(7):1924-1942. DOI: 10.3390/su2071924. (link)
Abbott, K. W. and D. Snidal. 2010. International regulation without international government: Improving IO performance through orchestration. Review of International Organizations 5:315-344. DOI: 10.1007/s11558-010-9092-3. (link)
Marchant, G. E., D. J. Sylvester and K. W. Abbott. 2010. New soft law approach to nanotechnology oversight: A voluntary product certification scheme. UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 28:123-152.
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.
Abbott, K. W., D. J. Sylvester and G. E. Marchant. 2010. Transnational regulation of nanotechnology: Reality or romanticism?. In: Hodge, G. A., D. M. Bowden and A. D. Maynard eds., International Handbook on Regulating Nanotechnologies. Edward Elgar.