He is the first American to visit as part of Leuven's Global Law School, and is affiliated with the university's interdisciplinary Center for Global Governance Studies.
He will deliver four public lectures and several seminars for students.
The university was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, and refounded in 1835 after the disruptions of the French Revolutionary Wars.
A leading scholar in international law, Abbott's teaching and research focus on the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including public and private institutions, environmental issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. He also has a faculty appointment in the ASU School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the global environmental governance program.
He is also a Faculty Fellow and Advisory Board Member of the Center for Law and Global Affairs, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology.