Prof Christopher J. Borgen

Chris Borgen

Prof Christopher J. Borgen

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Christopher J. Borgen is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York City. One area of Borgen’s scholarship addresses the regulation of activities in space and he is a one of the core experts contributing to the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations. He has also written extensively on issues of law, secession, and international security, particularly regarding conflicts in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He was the principal author of Legal Aspects of the Separatist Crisis in Moldova, a report issued by the New York City Bar. His scholarship has been published in the Yale Journal of International Law, the Chicago Journal of International Law, the German Yearbook of International Law, International Law Studies, and in other journals and volumes.

Among his professional activities, in 2005 Borgen co-founded Opinio Juris, a website devoted to debate and discussion about international law, and he was a senior member of the masthead until 2018. Borgen was a Co-Rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition in International Law. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and was also a founding Co-Chair of the ASIL’s Space Law Interest Group. He is currently the Chair of the Arms Control Committee of the American Branch of the ILA.

Prior to joining the faculty at St. John's, Borgen was the Director of Research and Outreach at the American Society of International Law. He was previously a clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge Arlene R. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, practicing in both the litigation and international corporate groups.

Borgen received his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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