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David Bosco

Associate Professor
GA 1010, (812) 856-3501

Educational Background

  • J.D. Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, 2001
  • M.Phil. (international relations) Cambridge University, 1996
  • B.A.(Government) Harvard College, magna cum laude, 1995

Region Of Interest

  • Global

Research Topics

  • International Organizations
  • International Law
  • Global Governance

Research Summary

I focus on the political dynamics of international organizations and international law and am currently researching a book on ocean governance. I am also continuing to research aspects of the United Nations system, with a focus on the Security Council's performance, and the International Criminal Court.

Representative Publications


  • 2014. Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics (Oxford University Press).
  • 2009. Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World (Oxford University Press)

  • 2016. "Palestine in The Hague: Justice, Geopolitics, and the International Criminal Court." Global Governance.
  • 2016.  “Letters from the Frontlines: State Communications to the UN Security Council During Conflict.” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
  • 2014. “Assessing the Effectiveness of the UN Security Council: A Concert Approach.” Global Governance.