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Civil procedure, comparative law, federal courts, international law and litigation


Kevin Cope

Ph.D., University of Michigan, (expected 2019)
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Ohio State University, 2000

Kevin Cope is a lecturer at the Law School, a Michigan Grotius Research Scholar, and political science Ph.D. pre-candidate at the University of Michigan. He was previously a visiting associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Cope's research focuses on international relations and international law, including the interaction between domestic and international institutions. He is especially interested in how domestic law and politics impact international law and behavior. Cope's work has appeared in law reviews such as the Michigan Law Review and Virginia Journal of International Law, and in several books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and others. Cope has served as a federal judicial clerk three times, including for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He also practiced government enforcement litigation law in Washington, D.C., with Skadden, Arps, where he handled trial and appellate litigation, including actions involving the World Bank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the Convention Against Torture. In law school, he served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.


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"Disaggregating the Human Rights Treaty Regime," 55 Virginia J. Int’l L. __ (2015) (forthcoming) (response essay, with Cosette D. Creamer).

"International Governance and National Legislative Politics," in The Politics of International Law (Wayne Sandholtz & Christopher Whytock eds., forthcoming 2016 as part of Edward Elgar’s Research. Handbooks in International Law series)

“Congress’s International Legal Discourse,” 113 Mich. L. Rev. 1115 (2015) (excerpted in Curtis A. Bradley & Jack L. Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2014) (2015 supplement)).

“Constitutions” (with Mila Versteeg), in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavior Sciences (2d ed. Elsevier 2015).

“Comparative International Law in National Legislatures” (with Hooman Movassagh), in Comparative International Law (Anthea Roberts et al. ed., forthcoming Oxford University Press 2015)

"Reconceptualizing Recognition Uniformity," in Foreign Court Judgments and the U.S. Legal System (Paul Stephan ed., Brill 2014).

"Lost in Translation: The Accidental Origins of Bond v. United States," 113 Mich. L. Rev. (First Impressions) (2014).

"The Intermestic Constitution: Lessons From the World’s Newest Nation," 53 Va. J. Int’l L. 667 (2013).

"South Sudan’s Dualistic Constitution," in The Social & Political Foundations of Constitutions (D.J. Galligan & Mila Versteeg eds., Cambridge University Press 2013).

"Defending the Ivory Tower: A Twenty-First Century Approach to the Pickering-Connick Doctrine and Public Higher Education Faculty After Garcetti," 33 J. College & Univ. Law (published by Notre Dame Law School) 313 (2007).

Comment, "Sutton Misconstrued: Why the ADA Should Now Permit Employers To Make Their Employees Disabled," 98 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1753 (2004).

Works in Progress:

"Strategic Bargaining Over Human Rights Agreements" (with James D. Morrow)

"The Political Economy of Transnational Hostage Selection"

"Measuring Non-Tariff Trade Barrier Substitution Under the WTO" (with Yilang Feng)

"Who Makes Treaties? An Exploration of Major International Conventions and Their Travaux" (with Mila Versteeg and Alec Knight)

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