Juliet Sorensen
Juliet Sorensen

Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern School of Law
Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy

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Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Strategy. Her teaching and research interests include international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is a founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary partnership that analyzes access to health in resource limited settings. Professor Sorensen received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Master's in Public Health Program in 2014. She is the Editor in Chief of Eyes on the ICC, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of the International Criminal Court. In 2010, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association's Global Anti-Corruption Task Force. Professor Sorensen serves on the screening committee that assists Senator Durbin in selecting federal district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois.

From 2003-2010, Professor Sorensen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, focusing on fraud and public corruption. Prior to her work at the U.S. Attorney's Office, she worked as a litigation associate and a federal judicial clerk in Boston. She was also a maternal and child health volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco from 1995 to 1997. She received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars and the Federal Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Sorensen was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2000-2005), and was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs "Emerging Leader" (2008-2010). She has taught trial advocacy on behalf of the Department of Justice to prosecutors in South America and West Africa.

Areas of Expertise
Corporate Social Responsibility
Cross-cultural Negotiations
Emerging Markets
Environmental Sustainability
Government Accounting

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J.D., 2000, Law, Columbia University, School of Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
A.B., 1995, Politics, Cert. Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Cum laude

Academic Positions
Clinical Associate Professor, 2014-present
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Center for International Human Rights, School of Law, Northwestern University, 2010-2014

Other Professional Experience
Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Chicago, 2003-2010
Litigation Associate, Foley Hoag LLP, 2001-2003
Judicial Clerk, Hon. George O'Toole, 2000-2001
Maternal and Child Health Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, 1995-1997

Editorial Positions
Editor in Chief, Eyes on the ICC, 2012-2013

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Research Interests

International Criminal Law; Public Health and Human Rights; Corporate Social Responsibility; Efficiency of Public International Organizations; and Public-Private Partnerships in Emerging Markets.

Sorensen, Juliet. 2012. Terrorism in Violation of the Law of Nations. Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law. 2(2): 224-237.
Sorensen, Juliet. 2012. Ideals Without Illusions: Corruption and the Future of a Democratic North Africa. Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights. 10(4): 202-211.
Sorensen, Juliet. "A Bridge Spanning Different Approaches to Corporate Crime." Insights from the Trenches, American Bar Association Anti-Corruption Task Force.
Sorensen, Juliet. "Why Corruption in Morocco Matters." Insights from the Trenches, American Bar Association Anti-Corruption Task Force.
Sorensen, Juliet. "A Voice From the Past Rings True 35 Years Later: Ted Sorensen on the FCPA." Insights from the Trenches, American Bar Association Anti-Corruption Task Force.
Sorensen, Juliet. "Restorative Justice for Victims of War Crimes." Northwestern Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Sorensen, Juliet and Co-Authors. 2010. No Free Money: Is the Privatization of Infrastructure in the Public Interest?. Chicago: Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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Teaching Interests

Special topics in International Criminal Law; International Litigation; Intellectual Property in Emerging Markets; and Public Corruption.

Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Practicum: Criminal Law (CRIM-608)
The goal of this Practicum is to provide students with an understanding of criminal process and the criminal justice system. Students participate in a weekly seminar discussing various readings relating to the criminal justice system. Past seminar topics have included: the Role of the Prosecutor and the Defender, Criminal Procedure Issues, Grand Jury Investigation, Indictment, Disclosure Obligations, Jury Selection, Jury Nullification, Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing Policy, Plea Agreements, Pleas Bargaining, and Ethical Obligations. Students are placed in public criminal law agencies including the United States Attorney's office, the Federal Defender's office, the State's Attorney's office, and the Public Defender's office. Students work under the supervision of attorneys in these offices for 12 to 16 hours a week (the U.S. Attorney's Office requires 16 hours per week) and, in addition to observing the proceedings in the offices and various courtrooms, conduct research, write briefs and memorandums, and assist attorneys in trial preparation and trial. Third year students with 711 licenses may have the opportunity to appear in court and to conduct courtroom proceedings under the supervision of their field supervisor.

Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-0)
All FT GIM classes will hold a final, mandatory class session on Wednesday, April 6th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) is an international experiential learning course designed to provide students with an introduction to the unique business opportunities, management practices and market dynamics of a specific region or global industry. The course combines in-class lectures, reading discussions and case studies during the winter quarter with ten days of international field research over spring break. Immersed in the culture and language of their host countries, students will have the opportunity to meet with local business and government leaders, conduct interviews and collect data for their group research projects, and experience some of the unique social and cultural facets of the region. Final presentations and written research reports are due in spring quarter after completion of the overseas portion of the class. Each class section is taught by a faculty member with deep knowledge of the region or industry and supported by an advisor from the Kellogg staff who assists students in planning the field experience. Students are financially responsible for their travel costs, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Health and Humanitarian Rights (KPPI-933-0)
The course examines the intersection of health and international human rights. Readings and discussion will focus on whether there is a universal right to health; how to maximize access to health; the health implications of war crimes and atrocities; and the meaning of rights and access in resource-poor settings such as refugee camps and fragile states. Special attention will be paid to the role of corporate social responsibility and advanced economies in access to health. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups on a health assessment and intervention known as the Access to Health Project. Headed by Professor Sorensen of the Center for International Human Rights and Carolyn Baer, Deputy Director of the Center for Global Health at Feinberg Medical School, the Access to Health Project seeks to leverage academic partnerships to maximize access to health in communities in the developing world. Specifically, this class will participate in a needs assessment and intervention for a community in Mali as it emerges from civil conflict facing significant challenges to health and economic development. where public health issues in the area include malnutrition; maternal mortality; and disease that is treatable by basic vaccinations such as tetanus, typhoid, and measles. The needs assessment will reflect human rights, public health and sustainability considerations. In lieu of an exam, student teams will prepare a final written report detailing their findings and recommendations.