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William Burke White

Professor of Law, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School

William Burke-White is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Burke-White, an international lawyer and political scientist, researches and writes on the relationships between law, politics, and economics in international affairs. Burke-White is a leading expert on US foreign policy and international law. He has particular expertise on the design and implementation of complex global governance solutions that involve multiple countries, international institutions, and legal regimes. From 2014-2019, Burke-White was the Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s new international affairs institute, Perry World House. From 2009-2011, Burke-White served in the Obama Administration on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark initiative to reform the Department of State and reshape U.S. foreign policy. He holds both a bachelor’s and law degrees magna cum laude from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

State Expertise: National
Speaks: English

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