Kristen Boon   

Professor Kristen Boon

Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law, Former Associate Dean

  • Degrees:

  • J.S.D. Columbia University |
  • J.D., New York University |
  • M.A., B.A., McGill University
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel:  973-642-8958
  • SSRN Site link
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Public International Law, International Dispute Resolution, Transnational Law, Contracts

Dr. Kristen E. Boon, Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law, specializes in public international law and international organizations. Professor Boon joined the Seton Hall Law School faculty as an Associate Professor of Law in 2006. She was promoted to full professor in 2011. In 2018, she was honored as the inaugural Patrick Toscano Jr. Research Scholar for significant contributions to scholarship and teaching and is a former Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development.

Dr. Boon teaches contracts, arbitration, transnational law, and a variety of courses in international law. Dr. Boon holds a Doctorate in law from Columbia Law School and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2000. She was also awarded an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University and Sciences Po (Paris) in 1996, and a B.A. with honors, in Political Science and History from McGill University in 1994.

Her areas of expertise include contract law, public international law, global governance, and access to justice. She is a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council, and a former member of the Executive Council of The American Society of International Law.

She is currently serving as a visiting academic in the Legal Bureau of Global Affairs Canada. She has been awarded visiting fellowships by the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law; the Nathanson Center at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Pluricourts Project at the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Law. She will also serve as a Senior Ferdinand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2022.

Prior to joining Seton Hall, she served as a clerk to Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie and as a litigation associate with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Kristen Boon is a member of the bar of New York (2002), the Law Society of Ontario (2003), and the US Supreme Court Bar (2008).



Theorizing Investor Responsibility, St. John's Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

Rethinking the Accountability—Immunity Axis through Remedies: Lessons from National Militaries, 16 International Organizations L. Rev. 137 (2019)

Investment Treaty Arbitration: Making a Place for Small Claims, Journal World Investment & Trade 19 (2018) (pgs. 1-26)

The Contributions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: New Evidence of Customary International Law, 67 Am. U. L. Rev. 649 (2018) (with Gregory H. Fox and Isaac Jenkins)

The United Nations as Good Samaritan: Immunity and Responsibility, 16 Chi. J. Int'l L. 2 (2016)

U.N. Sanctions As Regulation, Chinese Journal of International Law (2016)

Are Control Tests Fit for the Future? The Slippage Problem in Attribution Doctrines, 15 Melb. J. Int'l. L. 2 (2014)

Incentivizing Inclusive Solutions: Overfishing and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, 52 U. Louisville L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Regime Conflicts and the U.N. Security Council: Applying The Law of Responsibility, 42 Geo. Wash. J. Int'l L. 101 (2010)

Coining a New Jurisdiction:  The Security Council as Economic Peacekeeper, 41 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 991 (2008)

Obligations of the New Occupier: The Contours of a Jus Post Bellum, 31 Loy. L.A. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 101 (2008)

When The Fighting Stops: Foreword, 38 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1233 (2008)

Open for Business: International Financial Institutions, Post-Conflict Economic Reform and the Rule of Law, 9 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 513 (2007)

Legislative Reform in Post-Conflict Zones, 50 McGILL L.J. 285 (2005)

Rape and Forced Pregnancy under the ICC Statute: Human Dignity, Autonomy, and Consent, 32 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 625 (2000-2001)


New Approaches to Attribution, in The Law and Logics of Attribution: Constructing the Identity and Responsibility of States and Firms, (MJ Durkee ed.) (forthcoming CUP)

Jurisdictional Immunities of the UN and Specialized Agencies, in The Cambridge Handbook of Immunities and International Law, (Tom Ruys, Nicolas Angelet and Luca Ferro, eds.) (forthcoming 2018)

Timing Matters: Termination Policies For UN Sanctions, in UN Sanctions and International Law, (Larissa van den Herik ed.) (2017 ) (pgs. 236-262)

The Application of Jus Post Bellum, in Non International Armed Conflict, Jus Post Bellum: Mapping The Normative Foundations (Stahn, Easterday, Iverson, eds.) (2013) (pgs. 259-269)

The Role of Lex Specialis, in The Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations, Responsibility Of International Organizations (Maurizio Ragazzi ed.) (2013) (pgs. 135-145)

International Criminal Courts, in Delegating Sovereignty To International Treaty Regimes, (Thomas Franck ed.) (2000) (pgs. 171–207)


Jam et al v International Finance Corporation, 27th February 2019 (No 17-1011), Oxio 474, Oxford University Press (2019)

Reputation and the Accountability Gap, 213 AJIL Unbound 233 (2019)

Introductory Note To United Nations Security Council Resolution 2288: Termination Of Sanctions Against Liberia, 56 International Legal Materials 2 (2017)

Prewitt Enterprises Inc. v. Org. of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Appeal Judgment, 353 F3d 916 (11th Cir 2003) in Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations, Oxford University Press (2016)

Proceedings of the 109th ASIL Annual Meeting: Hot Topics: Economic Sanctions in 2015, (2016)

Commentary on the Prewitt and Nokalva cases, The Law of International Organizations, Oxford University Press (2015)

International Arbitration in Highly Political Situations: The South China Sea Dispute and International Law, 13 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 487 (2014)

Terminating Security Council Sanctions, International Peace Institute Policy Report (2014)

New Directions in Responsibility: Assessing the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations, 37 Yale J. Int'l L. (2011) (On-Line)

The Law of Responsibility: A Response to Fragmentation?, Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. (2011) (symposium)

The Future of the Law of Occupation, Canadian Yearbook of International Law (2009)

A Response to the American Position on the International Criminal Court, 10 E.J.I.L.108 (No. 1, 1999) (co-author)

Contributor to the 2001, 2002 & 2003 "Year in Review" Issues of the ABA's International Lawyer,

The Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, Max Plank Encyclopedia of International Law


The Power of Process:  The Value of Due Process in Security Council Decision-Making, 64 Neth Int’ Law Rev 177 (2017) (D. Hovell)

The Role of Courts in Enforcing Economic and Social Rights, The George Washington International Law Review Vol. 39, Issue No. 2 (2007)


Full list of presentations available in Curriculum Vitae

Access to Justice in International Law, University of Ottawa, Speakers Series, (March 2021)

Attribution and the Law of State / Corporate Responsibility, ASIL Legal Theory Interest Group (September 2020) (invited speaker)

Non-State Actors and International Law, The American Society of International Law Annual Conference (March 29, 2019) (Panellist)

Do Investors Have Responsibilities Too? , North American IEL Conference, McGill University (September 22, 2018)

Plenary Panel Chair:  The Emerging Field of Comparative Foreign Relations Law, Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, Ont (November 1, 2018)

The International Law Commission: Back to The Future?, New York Bar Association (May 14, 2018)

Privileges and Immunities of International Organizations, World Bank International Law and Development Week (November 8, 2017)

Small Claims in Investor State Dispute Resolution, Kings College London (June 26, 2017)

St. John’s International and Comparative Law Workshop, (September 13, 2017)