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 was co-chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2011 to 2014. In 2013 she was elected to the ASIL Executive Council for a 3 year term. In 2014 she was appointed to the ASIL Nominating Committee, and she is also chairing the Interest Group Committee. 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. She will serve a one year appointment to the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative beginning August 2014.
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.