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Karen Halverson Cross

Karen Halverson Cross

The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.360.2652

BA, University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa
JD, cum laude, Harvard University

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As a Harvard Law student, Karen Halverson Cross served as editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Thereafter, a Fulbright scholarship took her to Yugoslavia to study economic reform in Eastern Europe. She returned to the U.S. to practice with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, focusing on international joint ventures, project finance, and various projects with the Russian Government.

Her scholarship addresses issues of contract law, international dispute resolution and international economic law. The U.S. State Department awarded her a summer grant in 1996 to conduct research on Russian methods of dispute resolution at the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and she was selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in 2008.

Professor Cross joined the faculty in 1994. She teaches Contracts, International Commercial Dispute Resolution, WTO Law and International Business Transactions. In addition, she has taught in the LL.M. program in international business and trade law at the Catholic University of Portugal, the University of San Diego's summer program in Moscow and the MBA program for Executives and International Managers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the spring of 2012, she taught International Business Transactions in the Department of Legal Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

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"Sovereign Arbitration" in Sovereign Debt Management (Lee Buchheit & Rosa Lastra eds.), Oxford University Press (2014)

Converging Trends in Investment Treaty Practice, 38 North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation 151(2012)

Investment Arbitration Panel Upholds Jurisdiction to Hear Mass Bondholder Claims against Argentina, ASIL Insights, Vol. 15, Issue 30 (2011)

Letting the Arbitrator Decide Unconscionability Challenges, 26 Ohio St. J. On Disp. Resol. 1 (2011)

International Decisions: US – Subsidies on Upland Cotton, Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Brazil, 103(1) Am. J. Int'l. L. 110 (2009)

WTO Appellate Body Upholds Compliance Panel's Findings in Cotton Subsidies Dispute, ASIL Insights, Vol. 12, Issue 19 (2008)

Parol Evidence under the CISG: the 'Homeward Trend' Reconsidered, 68 Ohio St. L. J. 133 (2007)

Arbitration as a Means of Resolving Sovereign Debt Disputes, 17(3) Am. Rev. Int'l Arb. 335 (2006)

King Cotton, Developing Countries and the 'Peace Clause': The WTO's US Cotton Subsidies Decision," 9(1) J.Int'l Econ. L. 149 (2006)

Sovereign Arbitration in Sovereign Debt Management (Lee Buchheit & Rosa Lastra eds., Oxford University Press, 2014).

Converging Trends in Investment Treaty Practice, 38 North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation 151(2012)

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