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Karen Engle

Associate FacultyJ.D., Havard University

Professor in the School of Law
Karen Engle



international human rights law


KAREN ENGLE is Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, and founding director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Latin American Studies and of Women's and Gender Studies. She teaches courses and specialized seminars in public international law, international human rights law and employment discrimination.

Professor Engle received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as a a post-doctoral Ford Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. She was Professor of Law at the University of Utah prior to joining the University of Texas.

Professor Engle writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law. Her recent works include The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy (Duke University Press, 2010), "On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights" (European Journal of International Law), "The Force of Shame" (in Rethinking Rape Law)(Routledge, 2010)(with Annelies Lottmann), "Indigenous Rights Claims in International Law: Self-Determination, Culture and Development" (in Handbook of International Law)(Routledge, 2009), "Judging Sex in War" (Michigan Law Review, 2008), "Calling in the Troops: The Uneasy Relationship Among Human Rights, Women's Rights and Humanitarian Intervention" (Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2007), and "Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing War-Time Rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (American Journal of International Law, 2005). Professor Engle received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogota in 2010.

Recent Publications

  • La Esquiva Promesa de Desarrollo Para las Comunidades Afrodescendientes: El Futuro de la Ley 70, in Revista de Derecho Público, No. 26, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011. View Article
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Property: Responses to Alviar and Azuela, 89 Texas Law Review 1957 (2011). View Article
  • On Fragile Architecture: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Human Rights [Symposium: The Human Dimension of International Cultural Heritage Law], 22 European Journal of International Law 141 (2011).



WGS 393 • Intl Hum Rts & Justice Wrkshp

47167 • Fall 2011
Meets M 330pm-530pm JON 5.206
(also listed as LAS 381)

Interdisciplinary speaker-based workshop on internati onal human rights law. We will read works in progress by academics and w ill hear them presented by their authors. Roughly half of the class week s will involve these outside speaker presentations. The other classes wi ll involve discussions of background readings on international human rig hts and class discussions of the papers to be presented by outside speak ers.

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