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Karen Halverson Cross

Karen Halverson Cross

The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.360.2652

BA, University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa
JD, cum laude, Harvard University

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As a Harvard Law student, Karen Halverson Cross served as editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Thereafter, a Fulbright scholarship took her to Yugoslavia to study economic reform in Eastern Europe. She returned to the U.S. to practice with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, focusing on international joint ventures, project finance, and various projects with the Russian Government.

Her scholarship addresses issues of contract law, international dispute resolution and international economic law. The U.S. State Department awarded her a summer grant in 1996 to conduct research on Russian methods of dispute resolution at the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and she was selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in 2008.

Professor Cross joined the faculty in 1994. She teaches Contracts, International Commercial Dispute Resolution, WTO Law and International Business Transactions. In addition, she has taught in the LL.M. program in international business and trade law at the Catholic University of Portugal, the University of San Diego's summer program in Moscow and the MBA program for Executives and International Managers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the spring of 2012, she taught International Business Transactions in the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

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The Extraterritorial Reach of Sovereign Debt Enforcement, 12 Berkeley Bus. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2014)

Extraterritoriality, Immunity, and Sovereign Debt, the 2014 Society of International Economic Law Conference (forthcoming 2014)

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari and Affirms Discovery in Bondholder Litigation against Argentina, 18.23 ASILInsights, October 15, 2014

"Sovereign Arbitration" in Sovereign Debt Management (Lee Buchheit & Rosa Lastra eds. Oxford University Press 2014)

Converging Trends in Investment Treaty Practice, 38 N.C. J. Int'l & Com. Reg. 151 (2012)

Investment Arbitration Panel Upholds Jurisdiction to Hear Mass Bondholder Claims against Argentina, 15 (30) ASIL Insights (2011)

Letting the Arbitrator Decide Unconscionability Challenges, 26 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 1 (2011)

More Publications


Speaker: Society of International Economic Law 2014 Bern Global Conference, "Extraterritoriality, Immunity, and Sovereign Debt," World Trade Institute – Bern, Switzerland (July 2014)

Speaker: 50th Anniversary of the Law and Society Association (LSA) Annual Meeting, "Extraterritoriality, Immunity and Sovereign Debt," Minneapolis, MN (May 2014)

Speaker: "The Extraterritorial Reach of Sovereign Debt Enforcement," Loyola University School of Law Works in Progress presentation (April 2014)

Speaker: "Extraterritoriality, Immunity, and Sovereign Debt," JMLS Faculty Works In Progress Series (CLE) (April 2014)

Speaker: "Regulatory Arbitration," American Society of International Law webinar (September 2013)

Speaker: American Society of International Law 2012 Midyear Meeting, "Arbitration of Mass Sovereign Debt Claims: Abaclat v. Argentine Republic," University of Georgia School of Law – Athens, GA (October 2012)

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