Melissa J Durkee
Professor Melissa (MJ) Durkee teaches and writes in the areas of business law and international and transnational law. Her research focuses on public/private relationships in global governance, particularly interactions between state and business actors that affect the content and success of international legal rules. She has written recently on treaties, international organizations, and industry associations, and her scholarship has been published in top journals including the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. Recently, she was awarded the UW Law Faculty Scholarship Award for Excellence in Law Review Articles.
Professor Durkee currently serves as Managing Editor of AJIL Unbound, an online compendium for the American Journal of International Law. She has also served as the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's Sixth Annual Research Forum, and on the program committee of the Society's 110th Annual Meeting.
Professor Durkee came to the UW in 2013 from Columbia Law School, where she was an Associate-in-Law. Previously, she practiced international litigation and arbitration in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and 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. She is admitted to practice in New York and California. Professor Durkee received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the editorial boards of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law, and held an appointment as a teaching assistant in the Yale University Philosophy Department.