Dr. Karen O'Rourke

SJD Program Graduate


Dr. Karen O'Rourke successfully earned her S.J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in May 2012. Her dissertation was titled “The Crossroads of Globalization, Human Rights and Rule of Law: Creating a Legal Culture of Human Rights; Designing a GeoNOMOS Model TM for the Nation State.” Dr. O'Rourke's  area of advanced legal  studies and professional practice includes: International Business Practice, Trade and Free Trade Agreements, Ethics and Human Rights, Dispute Resolution and Foreign Investment, Domestic and International Health Law, and International Labor Law and Labor Relations. Her extensive professional experience includes: Corporate Compliance Programs and Systems Integration, Institutional and Departmental Strategic Improvement Opportunities, Administrative Law, Regulatory Program Management and Internal Operations, Business Process Improvement and Change Management, and serving as an Adjunct Faculty at University and Law School  Levels. Dr. O’Rourke is a Member of the California State Bar.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2012
LL.M. in International Business, American University Washington College of Law, 2006
LL.M. in Law & Government, American University Washington College of Law, 2006
Masters of Divinity, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, 1993
J.D., Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1986
Master's Degree, University of Massachusetts, Labor Relations and Research Center, 1978

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