Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, JD, PhD


not in residence

Research Interests

the international rule of law; historical evolution of norms on use of force; evolving norms on state sovereignty; U.N. Reform; American perspectives on international law and international institutions


Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe is the United States Representative to the UN Human Rights Council and an affiliate at CISAC. Her PhD dissertation, "Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Moral Imperative Versus the Rule of Law," focused on conflicting ethical and legal justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In an earlier publication, The Promise of Law for the Post-Mao Leadership in China, she examined the prospects for the development of the rule of law in China.

Donahoe earned her PhD in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California Berkeley. She holds a JD from Stanford law school and an MA in East Asian studies from Stanford. She also earned an MA in theological studies from Harvard and spent a year studying Mandarin at Nankai University in Tianjin. After law school, Donahoe clerked for the Hon. William H. Orrick of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. She served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and practiced high-tech litigation at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA. She is a member of the California Bar.