Juliet Sorensen

Clinical Professor of Law
Clinical Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)


Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Professor of Law associated with the law school’s Center for International Human Rights, where her teaching and research interests included international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is the director and founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary partnership that analyzes access to health in resource limited settings. From 2017 -2019, Professor Sorensen served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Professor Sorensen is also employed as the Executive Director of Injustice Watch, a non-partisan, not-for-profit, multimedia-journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality.

Professor Sorensen received the Walter J. Cummings Award for Pro Bono Service from the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2019, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Master’s in Public Health Program in 2014 and 2015. In 2010, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association's Global Anti-Corruption Task Force. In 2015, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights Working Group on Crimes Against Humanity. Professor Sorensen is the co-author of Public Corruption and the Law: Cases and Materials (West Academic 2017).

From 2003-2010, Professor Sorensen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, focusing on fraud and public corruption. Prior to her work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a litigation associate and a federal judicial clerk in Boston. She was also a maternal and child health volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco from 1995 to 1997. She received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bars and the Federal Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Sorensen was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2000-2005), and was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs “Emerging Leader” (2008-2010).  She has taught trial advocacy on behalf of the Department of Justice to prosecutors in South America and West Africa.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Court
  • Public Health and Human Rights

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  • AB, Princeton University
  • JD, Columbia University

Prior Appointments

  • Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Chicago
  • Litigation Associate, Foley Hoag LLP, Boston
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. George O’Toole, D.Mass., Boston

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