Erik Voeten

Erik Voeten
Peter F. Krogh Professor
702 ICC

Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice 

Director of Graduate Studies in the Government Department

Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department. Professor Voeten received his PhD from Princeton University and was a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University. His research examines the role of international institutions and law in international affairs (Scholar Google profile). He teaches classes on international relations theory, international institutions, and statistical methods. His blog posts can be found at the  Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. He is also an editor of the new on-line open access peer reviewed journal Research and Politics.

Areas of Expertise: International law, International institutions, international relations theory, quantitative methods

  • Ph.D. (2001) Princeton, Politics


“Precedent, Compliance, and Change in Customary International Law” American Journal of International Law (forthcoming, with Pierre-Hugues Verdier)

“How Does Customary International Law Change? The Case of State Immunity” International Studies Quarterly (Forthcoming, with Pierre-Hugues Verdies

“Are new democracies better human rights compliers? International Organization (forthcoming, with Sharan Grewal).

Norms, Power and Human Rights, International Studies Review, doi: 10.1111/misr.12126

Domestic Implementation of European Court of Human Rights Judgments: Legal Infrastructure and Government Effectiveness Matter: A Reply to Dia Anagnostou and Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Erik Voeten European Journal of International Law 2014 25 (1): 229-238 doi: 10.1093/ejil/chu004

(2014). International Courts as Agents of Legal Change: Evidence from LGBT Rights in Europe . International Organization, 68, pp 77-110. doi:10.1017/S0020818313000398. (with Larry Helfer).

Does Participation in International Organizations Increase Cooperation? Evidence from the ICC, UNHRC, and UNSC Review of International Organizations September 2013

“Public Opinion and the Legitimacy of International Courts“,  Theoretical Inquiries in Law July 2013

“Precedent on International Courts: A Network Analysis of Case Citations by the European Court of Human Rights” British Journal of Political Science (with Yonatan Lupu). 2011

“Unipolar Politics as Usual” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 2011

“Borrowing and non-Borrowing on International Courts.” Journal of Legal Studies, Summer 2010.

“The Politics of International Judicial Appointments,” Chicago Journal of International Law 9(2):387-406

“The Cost of Shame: International Organizations, Foreign Aid, and Human Rights Norms Enforcement” (with James Lebovic). Journal of Peace Research, 2009 46: 79-97.

“The Impartiality of International Judges: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights,” American Political Science Review 102(4): 417-433 (November 2008)

“The Politics of International Judicial Appointments: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights”. International Organization 61(4):669-701 (Fall 2007). (Winner, Robert O. Keohane award).

“Measuring Legal Systems”.  (with Howard Rosenthal) Journal of Comparative Economics. 35 (4): 711-28. December 2007.

“The Politics of Shame: The Condemnation of Country Human Rights Practices in the UNHRC.” (with James Lebovic).  International Studies Quarterly 50 (4): 861-88 (Fall 2006)

“Public Opinion, the War in Iraq and Presidential Accountability” (with Paul Brewer). Journal of Conflict Resolution 50(6):809-30 (Fall 2006).

“The Political Origins of the Legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council” International Organization 59 (3):527-57 (Fall 2005). Reprinted in Karen Mingst and Jack Snyder Essential Readings in World Politics, Fourth Edition. Will also be reprinted in Lisa Martin (ed) The Library of Essays in international Relations-Global Governance (Ashgate Publishing).

“Resisting the Lonely Superpower: Responses of States in the UN to U.S. Dominance,” The Journal of Politics. 66 (3): 729-54 (August 2004).

“Analyzing Roll Calls with Perfect Spatial Voting,” The American Journal of Political Science, 48(3): 620-32 (July 2004). (with Howard Rosenthal)

“Outside Options and the Logic of Security Council Action.” The American Political Science Review 95 (4): 845-858 (December 2001).

“Clashes in the Assembly,” International Organization, 54 (2): 185-215 (Spring 2000).