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Karen Knop is a professor at the Faculty of Law. She became editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal in 2007. Professor Knop holds graduate degrees in law from Toronto and Columbia, and degrees in law and in mathematics from Dalhousie. She has been a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies, New York University School of Law. In 2004-2005, she was chosen as the annual J.C. Smith Visiting Fellow by the School of Law, University of Nottingham and taught at the University of Melbourne law school.  In 2011, she was a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. As rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Feminism and International Law, Professor Knop was responsible for the ILA's report on gender and nationality (2000). She sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law and has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

Professor Knop writes on public and private international law, with a focus on issues of interpretation, identity and participation. Her book Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law in April 2003. She is the editor of Gender and Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) and co-editor of Re-Thinking Federalism: Citizens, Markets and Governments in a Changing World (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1995), as well as the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters. Professor Knop recently edited a symposium issue of Law and Contemporary Problems on "Trandisciplinary Conflict of Laws" with Ralf Michaels (Duke) and Annelise Riles (Cornell).

Professor Knop's upper-year seminar "Canadian Approaches to International Law," designed and taught with Professor Angela Fernandez in 2005-07, is featured on the Canadian Council on International Law web site, together with a selection of student papers from the course.