Juliet Sorensen's 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.
International Criminal Law; Public Health and Human Rights; Corporate Social Responsibility; Efficiency of Public International Organizations; and Public-Private Partnerships in Emerging Markets.
Special topics in International Criminal Law; International Litigation; Intellectual Property in Emerging Markets; and Public Corruption.
Students who enroll in SSIM 933-0 in Winter Quarter will automatically be enrolled in SSIM 933-25 in Spring Quarter. Students will earn 1.25 credits (1.0 in Winter and .25 in Spring) and receive a grade at the end of Spring Quarter. The class meets during the Winter Quarter and has a final deliverable during Spring Quarter.The course examines the intersection of health, development, and international human rights. Readings and discussion will focus on whether there is a universal right to health; access to essential medicines; 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, 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 Yemeni refugee community in Djibouti. 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.