Emilia Justyna Powell is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame with a concurrent appointment at the Notre Dame Law School. Powell specializes in international law and international courts, as well as the nexus between Islamic law and international law. She has been a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow since 2012.

Her prominent publications include a book published in Cambridge University Press (2011) entitled Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (with Sara McLaughlin Mitchell), and several articles in top political science academic journals such as International Organization, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. Her most recent book project entitled Islamic Law States and International Law: Peaceful Settlement of Disputes provides a comprehensive examination of differences and similarities between Islamic law and the classical international law, especially in the context of dispute settlement. She has been a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and the University of Copenhagen Law School, icourts Centre for International Courts. 

Thematic Interests

International law and organizations; international courts; territorial disputes; comparative law and peaceful resolution of interstate disputes

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project that explores the intricate relationship between Islamic law and international law in the context of peaceful resolution of international disputes. Why are some Islamic law states attracted to international adjudication and others repeatedly use less formalized methods, such as bilateral negotiations or mediation?



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