Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Knop.jpgKaren Knop

Faculty of Law
University of Toronto

Research Statement (55 kB)

Karen Knop is a professor at the Faculty of Law and the director of the JD/MA (Int'l Rel.) programme at the University of Toronto. She holds graduate degrees in law from Toronto and Columbia, and degrees in law and in mathematics from Dalhousie.

Professor Knop has been a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies, New York University School of Law, and has lectured in the Summer School on International Law, University of Helsinki and the Summer Session on Human Rights Law, Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence. In 2004-2005 she was chosen as the annual J.C. Smith Visiting Fellow by the School of Law, University of Nottingham, and she taught an intensive graduate seminar at the University of Melbourne law school.

As rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Feminism and International Law, Professor Knop was responsible for the ILA's report on gender and nationality. She continues to serve as a member of the Committee. Professor Knop was part of an advisory team of minority rights experts for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in regard to Hungary and Slovakia.

Professor Knop sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law. She has also served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is currently a member of the programme committee for the Society's upcoming 100th anniversary meeting.

Professor Knop writes on public international law, with a focus on issues of interpretation, identity and participation. Her book Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law. She is the editor of Gender and Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) and Re-Thinking Federalism: Citizens, Markets and Governments in a Changing World (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1995) (the latter with Sylvia Ostry, Richard Simeon and Katherine Swinton).

In a poll of more than one hundred professors of international law around the world conducted by the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics for their millennium issue, Professor Knop was recognized as one of the "new and insightful voices in the study and teaching of international law."


  • Feminism and international law
  • Gender and nationality
  • Public international law, with a focus on issues of interpretation, identity and participation
  • Diversity and self-determination in international law
  • Gender and human rights