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Karen Sokol

Karen Sokol

Former O’Neill Law Fellow

Karen Sokol was a fellow at the O’Neill Institute from 2007-2008. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans. Her teaching and research areas include constitutional law, torts, public international law (particularly international human rights law and international environmental law), and law and philosophy.

At the O’Neill Institute, Karen worked with faculty members on scholarship about developments in international law in response to globalization and about national and transnational tobacco control policies. She continues to focus on these and related topics in her current research.

Karen graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. After law school, she clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform, writing a number of papers and articles on environmental and public health and safety issues, with a focus on government and corporate accountability.

Selected Publications


Sokol, Karen C. "Smoking Abroad and Smokeless at Home: Holding the Tobacco Industry Accountable in a New Era." New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 13, no. 1 (2010): 81-136.


Taylor, Allyn L., and Karen C. Sokol. The Evolution of Global Health Law. Editted by Guiliana Z. Capaldo. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.