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Prof. Oona A. Hathaway Named a Carnegie Scholar

Oona A. Hathaway, associate professor of law, was one of fifteen scholars chosen for this year's class of Carnegie Scholars. The Carnegie Scholars Program provides research support of up to $100,000 for a period of up to two years, and is intended to celebrate original and creative thinking on a wide array of social issues.

Hathaway will work on a project titled "Between Power and Principle: A Political Theory of International Law." She intends to put forward a theory of international law that builds upon existing international legal and political science scholarship, yet moves beyond it in emphasizing the role of domestic institutions and non-legal incentives, as well as the reciprocal influence of states' commitment decisions on their compliance behavior. She will collect and analyze data to test her theoretical prediction, and use her findings to write about how international law can be designed more effectively.

The fifteen Scholars were selected in a highly competitive process from an initial pool of 144 nominees. Proposals were evaluated for academic excellence, as well as for relevance to the goals of the Carnegie Corporation.