Krzysztof Pelc

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 Ext 089483
Email address: 
kj.pelc [at]

Ph.D., Georgetown University

Leacock 521
Curriculum vitae: 
Areas of interest: 

Political Economy
International Trade
World Trade Organization
International Economic Law

Selected publications: 


• Johns, Leslie and Krzysztof Pelc. 2017."Free-Riding on Enforcement in the WTO". Journal of Politics. Forthcoming. 

• Arel-Bundock, Vincent and Krzysztof J. Pelc. "When Can Multiple Imputation Improve Regression Estimates?" Political Analysis. Conditionally Accepted.    

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2017. "What Explains the Low Success Rate of Investor-State Disputes?" International Organization. Forthcoming. 

• Daku, Mark and Krzysztof J. Pelc. 2017. "Who Holds Influence Over WTO Jurisprudence?" Journal of International Economic Law. 20(2): 233–255.

• Kucik, Jeffrey and Krzysztof Pelc. 2016. "Do International Rulings Have Spillover Effects? The View from Financial Markets". World Politics. 68(4): 713-751.

• Johns, Leslie and Krzysztof Pelc. 2016. “Fear of Crowds in WTO Disputes: Why Don't More Countries Participate?” Journal of Politics. 78(1): 88–104. 

• Kucik, Jeffrey and Krzysztof Pelc. 2016 "Measuring the Cost of Privacy: A Look at the Distributional Effects of Private Bargaining". British Journal of Political Science. 46(4):861-889.

• Chaudoin, Stephen, Jeffrey Kucik and Krzysztof Pelc. 2016. "Do WTO Disputes Actually Increase Trade?" International Studies Quarterly. 60(2): 294-306.

• Kucik, Jeffrey and Krzysztof Pelc. 2016. "Over-Commitment and Backsliding in International Trade". European Journal of Political Research. 55(2): 391–415.

• Pelc, Krzysztof J. 2016. Making and Bending International Rules: The Design of Exceptions and Escape Clauses in Trade Law. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

• Davis, Christina and Krzysztof Pelc. 2015. “Cooperation in Hard Times: Self-Restraint of Trade Protection”. Journal of Conflict Resolution. First Published August 6, 2015. 398–429. 

• Pelc, Krzysztof and Johannes Urpelainen. 2015. “When Do International Economic Agreements Allow Countries to Pay to Breach?". Review of International Organizations. 10(2):231-264.  

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2014. “The Politics of Precedent in International Law: A Social Network Application”. American Political Science Review 108(3): 547-564.

• Johns, Leslie and Krzysztof Pelc. 2014. “Who Gets to Be in the Room? Manipulating Participation in WTO Disputes.”  International Organization 68(3): 663-699.

• Busch, Marc and Krzysztof Pelc. 2014. "Law, Politics, and the True Cost of Protectionism: The Choice of Trade Remedies or Binding Overhang." World Trade Review 13(1):39-64. 

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2013. "Googling the WTO: What Search Engine Data Tell Us About the Political Economy of Institutions" International Organization, 67(3): 629-655.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2013. “The Cost of Wiggle-Room: Considering the Welfare Effects of Flexibility in Tariff Rates at the WTO”. International Studies Quarterly, 57: 91-102.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2011. “Why do Some Countries Get Better WTO Accession Terms than Others?” International Organization 65(4): 639-672.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2011. “How States Ration Flexibility: Tariffs, Remedies, and Exchange Rates as Policy Substitutes”. World Politics 63(4): 618-646.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2010. “Why Do We Not See More Efficient Breach at the WTO?”, 2010. World Trade Review 9(4): 629-642.  
(Winner, 2009 Cambridge Univ. Press Prize for International Economic Law)

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2010. “Constraining Coercion? Legitimacy and Its Role in U.S. Trade Policy, 1975-2000”. International Organization 64(1): 65-96.

• Busch, Marc and Krzysztof Pelc. 2010. “The Politics of Judicial Economy at the World Trade Organization”. International Organization 64(2): 257-279.

• Pelc, Andrzej and Krzysztof Pelc. 2009. “Same Game, New Tricks: Recognizing Good Strategies in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma”. Journal of Conflict Resolution 53(5): 774-793.

• Busch, Marc and Krzysztof Pelc. 2009. “Does the WTO Need a Permanent Body of Panelists?” Journal of International Economic Law 12(3): 579-594.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2009. “Seeking Escape: Escape Clauses in International Trade Agreements”. International Studies Quarterly 53 (2): 349-368.


Popular Press

"Does Unilateralism Work? History Says No". Washington Post. Monkey Cage. March 7, 2017.

"Canada shouldn't throw NAFTA partner Mexico under the Trump bus".Montreal Gazette, Feb 20th, 2017.

"Are Secret Negotiations at the WTO a Problem?" (with Jeffrey Kucik).Washington Post. Monkey Cage. Jan 6th 2017.

"Le libre-échange, la plus ancienne des technologies pertubatrices". MagazineNouveau Projet, Hiver 2016.  

"What Our Dollars Fuel". New Rambler Review. 2016.

"Yes, the TPP agreement is over 5,000 pages long. Here’s why that’s a good thing." Washington Post. The Monkey Cage. August 2, 2016.

"La France a raison de s’opposer", Le Devoir. 6 juillet 2015.

"How Cotton Became a ‘World Question’". New Rambler Review. 2015.

"Why the deal to pay Brazil $300 million just to keep U.S. cotton subsidies is bad for the WTO, poor countries, and U.S. taxpayers". Washington Post. The Monkey Cage. 

Book Chapters

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2017. "Twenty Years of Third Party Participation at the WTO: What Have We Learned?" in Assessing the World Trade Organization: Fit for Purpose?, edited by Manfred Elsig and Joost Pauwelyn. Cambridge University Press.  

• Kucik, Jeffrey and Krzysztof Pelc. 2017. "What Can Financial Markets Tell Us About International Courts and Deterrence?" in International Courts and Domestic Politics, edited by Marlene Wind. Cambridge University Press.  

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2016. “The Welfare Implications of Precedent in International Law", in Establishing International Authority in International Law, edited by Joanna Jemielniak, Laura Nielsen and Henrik Palmer Olsen. Cambridge University Press.

• Pelc, Krzysztof. 2016. “What Would EH Carr Say? How International Institutions Address Political Change", in Accommodating Rising Powers, edited by T.V. Paul. Cambridge University Press.

• Busch, Marc and Krzysztof Pelc. 2015. “Dispute Settlement in the WTO", in The Oxford Handbook of the Political Economy of International Trade, edited by Lisa Martin. Oxford University Press.

• Busch, Marc and Krzysztof Pelc. 2011. “Ruling Not to Rule: The Use of Judicial Economy at the WTO”. in The Politics of International Economic Law, edited by Broude et al. Cambridge University Press.


Research areas: 
International Relations
Associate Professor