Melissa J Durkee
Professor Durkee joined the faculty in 2013. Her teaching and research interests bridge the areas of business and international law, with particular emphasis on international governance, transnational regulation, and international environmental law. Her current work explores business roles in shaping the content and effect of treaty regimes and conditions for effective multilateral treaty-making and compliance. Professor Durkee teaches International Law, Business Organizations, and the Comparative and International Law Survey.
Before entering academia, Professor Durkee practiced international litigation and arbitration in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where her clients were multinational and sovereign entities engaged in complex disputes before U.S. courts and international tribunals. Professor Durkee also published work for practitioners on areas of evolving corporate law, and undertook a successful pro bono representation of a Guantánamo detainee. She is admitted to practice in New York and California.
Professor Durkee received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she served on the editorial boards of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law. During law school, Professor Durkee studied comparative constitutional law in South America, and held an appointment as a teaching assistant in the Yale University Philosophy Department. After law school, she clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Sidney H. Stein on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Immediately prior to joining the UW, Professor Durkee was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School.