Kevin Crow

Assistant Professor of International Law and Ethics Asia School of Business
International Faculty Fellow at MIT

Area of Expertise:

Public international law, legal theory, corporate social responsibility, business and human rights

Kevin Crow is Assistant Professor of International Law and Ethics at ASB and an International Faculty Fellow at MIT. His research focuses on international corporate personhood, legal expressions of corruption and belief, and the relationship between business and human rights. Prior to joining ASB, Kevin taught international economic law and US constitutional law at the University of Halle-Wittenberg Law School in Germany and practised international criminal law with NGOs based in Cambodia and France. Alongside his work with ASB, Kevin is an affiliated researcher with Columbia University’s Freedom of Expression Initiative and he occasionally consults NGOs and businesses on projects concerning human rights, CSR, and international economic law.

Kevin’s recent publications include:

  • Corporations and Crimes Against Humanity: Financial Liability Through ISDS?, 9 EYIEL (forthcoming, 2019);
  • International Law and Corporate Participation in Times of Armed Conflict: Financial Liability Through ISDS?, 37 BERKELEY J. INT’L L. (forthcoming, 2018);
  • International Corporate Obligations, Human Rights, and the Urbaser Standard: Breaking New Ground? (with Lina Lorenzoni Escobar), 36 B.U. INT’L L. J. 87 (2018);
  • The Concept of ‘Development’ in International Economic Law: Three Definitions and an Inquiry Into Origin, 14 MANCHESTER J. INT’L ECON. L. 148 (2017);
  • The Reform of Investment Protection Rules in CETA, TTIP, and Other Recent EU-FTAs: Convincing? (with Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje), in Stefan Griller et al (eds.), MEGA-REGIONAL AGREEMENTS: TTIP, CETA, TISA (Oxford 2017).
  • His current book project is called Beyond ‘Judgment’: Deference and the Demand for Dispute Settlement in International Law.

Kevin holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, an LL.M. in Legal Theory from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in International Law (pending defense) from the Transnational Economic Law Centre at the University of Halle-Wittenberg Law School in Germany. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Corporations and Crimes Against Humanity: Financial Liability Through ISDS?, 9 EYIEL (forthcoming, 2019).
  • International Law and Corporate Participation in Times of Armed Conflict: Financial Liability Through ISDS?, 37 BERKELEY J. INT’L L. 1 (forthcoming, 2018).
  • International Corporate Obligations, Human Rights, and the Urbaser Standard: Breaking New Ground? (with Lina Lorenzoni Escobar), 36 B.U. INT’L L. J. 87 (2018).
  • The Concept of ‘Development’ in International Economic Law: Three Definitions and an Inquiry Into Origin, 14 MANCHESTER J. INT’L ECON. L. 148 (2017).
  • The Merits or the Messenger?: Complementarity and the Referral Process in the ICC’s Application of Article 17 of the Rome Statute, 26 J. TRANSNAT’L L. & POL’Y 53 (2017).
  • The Emerging Neoliberal Penality: Rethinking Foucauldian Punishment in a Profit-Driven Carceral System, 52 CRIM. L. BULL. 1 (2016).
  • Does UNDRIP Matter?, 13 HIBERNIAN L. REV. 119 (2014).
  • Should ‘Terrorism’ Include States?, 1 LSE FORUM J. 245 (2013).

 

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS
  • DSB Supervision of Implementation at the WTO (with Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje), MAX PLANCK EIPRO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (forthcoming, Oxford 2019).
  • The Scope of the ICC Registrar’s Powers Under Regulation 135, André Klip & Steven Freeland (eds.), ANNOTATED LEADING CASES OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS (“ALC”), Vol. LVII (forthcoming, Intersentia 2019).
  • The Reform ofInvestment Protection Rules in CETA, TTIP, and Other Recent EU-FTAs: Convincing? (with Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje), in Stefan Griller, Walter Obwexer & Erich Vranes (eds.), MEGA-REGIONAL AGREEMENTS: TTIP, CETA, TISA. NEW ORIENTATIONS FOR EU EXTERNALECONOMICRELATIONS (Oxford2017).
  • Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadzic, André Klip & Steven Freeland (eds.), ALC Vol. LIV (Intersentia 2017).
  • Recent ICC Applications of Article 17 of the Rome Statute, André Klip & Göran Sluiter (eds.), ALC Vol. LII (Intersentia 2016).

 

BOOK REVIEWS
  • Review: Alexander Hinton, The Justice Façade, 17 J. INT’L CRIM. JUST. (forthcoming, 2019).
  • Review: Anthea Roberts, Is International Law International?, 22 J. INT’L ECON. L. (forthcoming, 2018).
  • Review: Diane Desierto, Public Policy in International Economic Law: The ICESCR in Trade, Finance, and Investment, 21 J. INT’L ECON. L. 1 (2018).
  • Review: Iryna Marchuk, The Fundamental Concept of Crime in International Criminal Law, 15 J. INT’L CRIM. JUST. 2 (2017).

 

WORKING PAPERS
  • A Taxonomy of Proportionality in International Courts, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 107 (November 2017).
  • The Urbaser Standard: Breaking New Ground? (with Lina Lorenzoni-Escobar), Beiträge Transnationalen Wirtschaftsrecht, Heft 144 (2017).
  • A Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Working Paper for the Asia School of Business (February 2016).

 

POLICY PAPERS & ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
  • The Use of ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Development’ by Evangelical Organizations, OpenDemocracy (June 2018), https://www.opendemocracy.net/kevin-crow/how-us-evangelical-organizations- deploy-human-rights-and-development.
  • Trump’s Travel Ban v. Macron’s Police Power Reforms, Social Europe (June 2017), https://www.socialeurope.eu/2017/06/trumps-travel-ban-v-macrons-police-power- reforms/.
  • Four Key Features of the Emerging ‘Trumpism’, Social Europe (April 2017), https://www .socialeurope.eu/2017/04/four-key-features-emerging-trumpism/.
  • ‘Trumpism’, the TPP, and the Politics of Uncertainty, Pol’y Papers on Transnat’l Econ. L. No. 46, Transnational Economic Law Research Centre (TELC) (Feb. 2017), http://tietje.jura.uni- halle.de/sites/default/files/PolicyPaper/PolicyPaper_No46.pdf.
  • The TPP and Malaysia: Local Impact and Implications Following the Conclusion of the Partnership Negotiations, Pol’y Papers on Transnat’l Econ. L. No. 44, TELC (Oct. 2015), http://tietje.jura.uni-halle.de/sites/default/files/PolicyPaper/PolicyPaper_No44.pdf.
  • The TPA in 2015: A Quick Look at the Latest Incarnation of the U.S. President’s ‘Fast Track’ Trade Negotiation Authority, Pol’y Papers on Transnat’l Econ. L. No. 43, TELC (June 2015), http://telc.jura.uni-halle.de/de/node/24.
  • Here’s How You Can Make a Real Difference in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown & Eric Garner Grand Jury Decisions, WonderHowTo (Dec. 2014), http://legal- issues.wonderhowto.com/how-to/heres-you-can-make-real-difference-aftermath-michael- brown-eric-garner-grand-jury-decisions-0158984/.

 

POLICY PAPERS & ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
  • International Anti-Corruption Law as a Strategy, Wharton/SciencesPo Conference on ‘The Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law’, Paris, December 2018.
  • International Corporate Personhood: Future Roads, UN 8th Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights, United Nations Palais des Nations, Geneva, November 2018.
  • Bandung’s Missed Legacies: Alternative Normative Approaches to International Law?, ACIL Conference, ‘Contingency in International Law’, Amsterdam, June 2018.
  • Redesigning International Adjudication, Howard League Conference, ‘Redesigning Justice’, Oxford, March 2018.
  • International Human Rights Law as a Tool of Repression: International Evangelical Organizations, Development Funding, and LGBT Rights, ARC Strategic Litigation Symposium, ‘The Use of Law by Social Movements & Civil Society’, Brussels, March 2018.
  • Human Rights and the Fluctuation of Executive Powers in the U.S.: From Nixon to Trump, ‘Populism, Nationalism, and Human Rights’ at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, January 2018.
  • Corporate Subjectivity and Crimes Against Humanity: Can Arbitrators Push the Boundaries of Investor-to- State Financial Liability?, Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict’, National University of Athens, Greece, October 2017.
  • Corporate Human Rights Obligations and International Investment Law: Urbaser’s Potential, ESIL IHRL Interest Group at the 13th Annual ESIL Conference, Naples, September 2017.
  • Migrations of Power: International IP Law and the Implications of Eli Lilly, I-CON Conference, ‘Courts, Power, Public Law’, Copenhagen, July 2017.
  • International Law as Evangelism: American Christianity and the UN Development Project, Hebrew University, ‘Law as Religion, Religion as Law’, Jerusalem, June 2017.
  • The ‘Proportionality’ Delusion in International Law, LUISS Guido Carli University, ‘Constitutional Adjudication: Between Pluralism and Unity’, Rome, May 2017.
  • Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict’, National University of Athens, Greece, October 2017.
  • Corporate Human Rights Obligations and International Investment Law: Urbaser’s Potential, ESIL IHRL Interest Group at the 13th Annual ESIL Conference, Naples, September 2017.
  • Migrations of Power: International IP Law and the Implications of Eli Lilly, I-CON Conference, ‘Courts, Power, Public Law’, Copenhagen, July 2017.
  • International Law as Evangelism: American Christianity and the UN Development Project, Hebrew University, ‘Law as Religion, Religion as Law’, Jerusalem, June 2017.
  • The ‘Proportionality’ Delusion in International Law, LUISS Guido Carli University, ‘Constitutional Adjudication: Between Pluralism and Unity’, Rome, May 2017.