Professor Danielsen is a legal scholar who spent many years as an international business lawyer. He teaches Corporations, Law and Development, International Business Regulation, International Law and Conflict of Laws. Professor Danielsen’s research explores the complex role of the business firm in global governance.

With a better understanding of the workings of private power in the global governance regime, Professor Danielsen hopes to develop new and more complex notions of economic participation, political pluralism and distributive justice in the creation and operation of the rules that shape global economic activity and more effective, participatory and accountable strategies for harnessing corporate power to enhance economic well-being and social welfare, particularly in the developing world.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Danielsen was executive vice president and general counsel of Europe Online Networks S.A., a pioneer in the provision of broadband Internet and interactive multimedia services to consumers across Europe. Previously, Professor Danielsen was a partner at Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston, where his practice focused on the representation of US and European public and privately held business with respect to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, content and technology licensing and corporate strategy.

Fields of Expertise

  • Anti-corruption
  • Business Law
  • Careers in the Law
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence Philosophy
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Law and Economics
  • Political Economy

Selected Works


After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (Routledge, 1995) (ed., with Engle)

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • “Beyond Corporate Governance: Why a New Approach to the Study of Corporate Law is Needed to Address Global Inequality and Economic Development,” in Political Economy and Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Practice, Research and Theory, (Haskell and Mattei, eds.), (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015)
  • “Letting go of ‘the normal’ in pursuit of an ever-elusive ‘real’: a proposal for innovation in international law theory and scholarship,” The Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory (Anne Orford and Florian Hoffman, eds.), Oxford University Press (Forthcoming, 2015)
  • “Corporate Power and Instrumental States: Toward a Critical Reassessment of the Role of Firms, States and Regulation in Global Governance,” International Law and Its Discontents: Responding to Global Crises, (Barbara Stark, ed.), Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming, 2015)
  • “Corporate Governance and Global Governance: Progressive Possibilities in a Globalized World,” Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy (William S. Hein & Co., 2007) (Dalton, ed.)
  • “Corporate Power and Global Order,” International Law and Its Others (Cambridge University Press, 2006) (Orford, ed.)

Selected Commentary

"U.S.’s New Fraud Chief Will Enforce Laws He Was Paid to Blunt," (February 27, 2015)