B.A. (Honours), 1985, The University of the West Indies
Business Associations, International Business Transactions, International Law, International Trade, Seminar on Illicit International Markets
Karen E. Bravo joined the faculty in 2004. A well-known international law scholar, and expert in the study of human trafficking, Professor Bravo’s research interests include regional integration, labor liberalization, personhood, and human trafficking.
Professor Bravo practiced corporate law with international law firms in New York and Massachusetts following her graduation from Columbia Law School. Her practice areas included venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions and emerging and public company representation. She left her law firm practice to join the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in the Republic of Armenia, where she worked with domestic judiciary and advocates, and local and international NGOs on legal reform and education programs and strategies.
Professor Bravo is a co-chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Her 3-year term will run from March 2011 through March 2014. She is a former Chair (2007-2009) of the American Association of Law Schools Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and was a member of the planning committee for the 2008 Workshop for New Law Teachers and 2008 Workshop on Retention of Minority Law School Teachers.
While at Columbia Law School, Professor Bravo was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (1995-1997), and was a staff member and Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. In 2004, she received the Jerome Lipper Prize for outstanding achievement in the field of international law from New York University School of Law. In 2008, she received an Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award.
Books and Chapters
International Law Weekend, Fordham University School of Law, Oct. 25-27, 2012, Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law Panelist: Teaching International Law: Principles for Framing a Survey Course
Sixth Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Female Law Faculty Workshop, Suffolk University Law School, June 28-31, 2012 Topic: Law and Biology;
Faculty Forum, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, April 19, 2012 Topic: On the Construction of Female Personhood and the Obstruction of Gender Equality
American Society of International Law 106th Annual Meeting, March 28-31, 2012, Washington, D.C., Confronting Complexity Panel Moderator: Teaching International Law while Confronting Current Events: Balancing Past and Present
Symposium, Which Way Home, Law Review, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Dekalb, Illinois Panel: Policy Implications Topic: Legal Constructions of Personhood: Their Nexus with the Trafficking of Human Beings
Lecture (co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo (SUNY) Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, The Feminist Research Alliance, and the Humanities Institute): The Role of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Contemporary Anti-Trafficking Discourse, The Baldy Center, the University at Buffalo (SUNY)Law School, March 10, 2011
Challenges to Caribbean Sovereignty in a Globalizing World, Panel: The Surrender of Economic Sovereignty, Michigan State University College of Law, Journal of International Law Symposium: Sovereignty in Today’s World, Lansing, Michigan, February 17-18, 2011
Second Global Conference: Bullying & the Abuse of PowerPanel: Bullying and Personhood Topic: Legal Constructions of Personhood: Their Nexus with the Trafficking of Human Beings Michna Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, November 8 – 10, 2010
"Black Female 'Things' in International Law: A Meditation on Saartjie Baartman and Truganini," (Panel: Towards and International Law of Black Women: New Theory, New Praxis) AND "When Humanity is Not Enough: On the Legal Construction of Natural, Juridical and Quasi-Persons," Third Annual People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: Our Country, Our World in a “Post-Racial” Era, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey, September 9 – 12, 2010
"The Nature of Black Female 'Things;' The Nature of Choice: A Meditation on Sartjie Baartman and Truganini" Towards an International Law of Black Women: New Theory, New Praxis, Florida A&M University College of Law, March 4, 2010
"Indigenous People and Human Trafficking in the Caribbean" Caribbean Studies Association XXXIV Annual Conference, Centering the Caribbean in Caribbean Studies, Kingston, Jamaica, June 1-5, 2009 (Panel: Human Rights in the Caribbean)
"Re-Framing and Re-Building Domestic And Global Social Contracts as a Path to Kenyan Reconciliation" Moi University – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis International Symposium, Towards Kenyan National Dialogue, Healing and Reconciliation: Reform Issues in a Modern African State, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, May 13 – 15, 2009
Conference, Junior International Law Scholars Association, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 13, 2009, Topic: Transborder Labor Liberalization: A Path to enforcement of the Global Social Contract for Labor?
Workshop, Work, Employment and Industrial Relations in the New Social Contract, The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, Rhodes House, Oxford, United Kingdom, October 30–31, 2008; Topic: Transborder Labor Liberalization: A Path to Enforcement of the Global Social Contract for Labor?
Conference, Commemorating 1808: Fighting for the Right to Dream - 200th Anniversary of the Federal Prohibition on Importing Slaves, University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio, October 24-25, 2008, Toledo, Ohio Topic: Exploring the Analogy between Modern Trafficking in Humans and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Faculty Forum, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, October 22, 2008 Topic: Free Labor! A Labor Liberalization Solution to Modern Trafficking in Humans
Symposium, Human Trafficking: Global and National Responses to the Cries for Freedom, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, September 25, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota Panel: Global Dynamics of Human Trafficking Topic: Follow the Money?: Does the International Fight Against Money Laundering Provide A Model for the International Fight Against Human Trafficking?
Law and Society Association and Canadian Law and Society Association 2008 Joint Meeting, May 29-June 1, 2008, Montreal, Canada Panel: International Trade Regimes: Deconstructing Their Effects on Domestic Policy, Topic: Regional Trade Agreements and Labor Liberalization: (Lost) Opportunities for Experimentation?
The Changing Tide of Trade: The Social, Political and Environmental Implications of Regional Trade Agreements, St. Louis University School of Law Public Review Symposium, St. Louis Missouri, April 4, 2008: “Regional Trade Agreements and Labor Liberalization: (Lost) Opportunities for Experimentation?”
American Society of International Law 102nd Annual Meeting, April 9-12, 2008, Washington, D.C. Panel: New Voices: The Role of International Legal Institutions in Norm Development, Topic: Toward a Labor Liberalization Solution to Modern Trafficking in Humans
Junior Faculty Regional Workshop, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law – St. Louis, Missouri, February 26, 2008: "Free Labor!? Toward a Labor Liberalization Solution to the Modern Traffic in Humans"
Junior Faculty Exchange, Case Western Reserve School of Law – Cleveland, Ohio, February 8, 2008 Presentation: Toward a Labor Liberalization Solution to the Modern Traffic in Humans
Panelist, New Voices in Human Rights: Toward a Labor Liberalization Solution to the Modern Traffic in Humans, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, January 2-6, 2008, New York, New York
Moderator and Panelist: The Second Annual Protection Project Symposium: “Incorporating Trafficking in Persons in Human Rights Curricula in Universities in the United States and Abroad,” Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, November 27, 2007
Moderator and Panelist: “Seeing Through Other Eyes: Teaching and Experiencing Diversity in an Interdisciplinary Manner in the Higher Education Curriculum” at LatCrit XII, at Miami, Florida, October 4-6, 2007.
NEPOC (Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference) 2007, September 14-15, 2007, The Southern New England School of Law, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts Topic: Exploring the Analogy between Modern Trafficking in Humans and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
American Association of Law Schools/American Society of International Law Joint Mid-Year Meeting (“What is Wrong with the Way We Teach International Law”), June 17-20, 2007, Vancouver, Canada Works in Progress Human Rights Panel Topic: Exploring the Analogy between the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Modern Traffic in Humans
American Society of International Law 101st Annual Meeting, March 28-31, 2007, Washington, D.C. Panel: International Economic Law Research, Teaching & Practice: Report of the International Economic Law Interest Group Bretton Woods Conference Topic: Teaching International Economic Law in U.S. Law Schools
6th Amaker Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat, Bradford Woods, Indiana, February 25, 2007. Panel: Holistic Counseling and Advocacy for the Immigrant Community & International Human Rights & Gender Issues Topic: Modern Trafficking in Humans: Interrogating the Women's Rights Framework
LatCrit XI, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, October 6-8, 2006. Presented paper: "Modern Trafficking in Humans and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Exploration of an Analogy"
Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, April 4, 2006. Presented Paper: "Smoke, Mirrors and the Joker in the Pack? On Transitioning to Democracy and the Rule of Law in Armenia"
Edward C. Moore Symposium 2006, Indiana University Purdue Univeristy Indianapolis, February 24, 3006. topic: "Seeing Through Other Eyes: Teaching Diversity in the Upper Level Law School Curriculum"
Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, American University Washington College of Law, January 27-28, 2006: Rule of Law and Democracy Transition in Post-Soviet Armenia
Co-Rapporteur - Workshop on the Future of Teaching International Economic Law, 2006 Annual Conference of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on International Economic Law, Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire, Nov. 9 - 11, 2006.
Central Eurasian Studies Society 2006 Annual Conference, Univeristy of Michigan, September 28 - October 1, 2006.
Edward C. Moore Symposium 2005, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, February 25, 2005 Topic: "Audio-visual and Role-Playing Methodologies in the Law School Classroom"
4th Annual Amaker Public Interest Law Retreat, Bradford Woods, Indiana, February 25 – 27, 2005 Panel: Trafficking in Persons Around the World: The Dark Side of International Trade Topic: Armenia: Dilemma of a Source (and Transit) Country