Mary Ellen O'Connell
Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution
3104 Eck Hall of Law
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-7953
Fax: (574) 631-4197
In 2020, she was invited to be the Distinguished Visiting Academic at the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In 2018, O’Connell was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School; a Fulbright Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and gave the Fifth Annual Justice Stephen Breyer International Law Lecture at the Brookings Institution. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame, she was a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center, and Indiana University. From 1995 to 1998, she was a professional military educator for the U.S. Department of Defense in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She also practiced law with the Washington, D.C.-based international law firm, Covington & Burling.
O’Connell earned her BA in history at Northwestern with highest honors. She won a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK, where she earned an MSc in international relations at the LSE and an LLB with first class honors at Cambridge University, in international law. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School where she won the Berger Prize for International Law. In July 2013, O’Connell earned the PhD under special regulation also from Cambridge University.
Kroc Cast Podcasts on Peace Studies, discussions of The Art of Law in the International Community, with George Lopez (Aug. 16, 2019), Sam Moyn (Nov. 7, 2019) Maria Stephan (Jan. 24, 2020) and Martha Nussbaum (Sept. 11, 2020)