Ellen Gutterman

Associate Professor

Political Science

   York Hall 361

Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College, the bilingual (French-English) liberal arts faculty of York University in Toronto, where I teach courses on international relations and global politics.  My research and teaching expertise are mainly in the areas of international relations theory, global governance, and international law, with a specific interest in transnational crime and corruption. My current work focuses on global norms, transnational advocacy, legitimacy, compliance, and extra-territorial enforcement in the global governance of corruption.  My research articles have appeared in the journals Foreign Policy AnalysisReview of International StudiesOsgoode Hall Law Journal, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, International Journal, and European Political Science.  I have been a Consultant at Transparency International in Berlin, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Affairs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and  I am a Faculty Associate of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. In January 2018 I became the Director of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), an interdisciplinary network focused on business ethics, broadly conceived.

International Relations

International Law

Global Governance

International Organizations

Transnational Crime


PhD Political Science, University of Toronto

International Relations Theory; International Law and Compliance; Transnational crime and corruption

Journal Articles

Gutterman, Ellen. (2019) Banning Bribes Abroad: US Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Its Impact on the Global Governance of CorruptionEuropean Political Science 8: 205–216. (First Online 2018)

Gutterman, Ellen. (2017) Poverty, corruption, trade or terrorism? Strategic framing in the politics of UK anti-bribery complianceBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19, 1, pp. 152-171.  

Gutterman, Ellen. (2017) Coming of age in academia: Canadian International Relations and the "optimistic interregnum" of the 1990sInternational Journal, 72, 2: 180-191.  (Winner of the 2017 Sage Prize.)

Gutterman, Ellen, and Andrea Lane. (2017) Beyond LAVs: Corruption, Commercialization and the Canadian Defence IndustryCanadian Foreign Policy Journal 23: 77–92. (First Online 2016)

Gutterman, Ellen. (2016) Banning Bribes Abroad: U.S. Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices ActOsgoode Hall Law Journal 53, 1: 31-65.

Gutterman, Ellen. (2015) Easier Done Than Said: Transnational Bribery, Norm Resonance, and the Origins of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices ActForeign Policy Analysis 11: 109–128.
Gutterman, Ellen. (2014) The Legitimacy of Transnational NGOs: Lessons from the Experience of Transparency International in Germany and France. Review of International Studies 40: 391–418.

Book Chapters

Lohaus, Mathis and Ellen Gutterman. (2021) International Efforts to Combat Corruption.  In Oxford Handbook of Quality of Government, Edited by Monika Bauhr, Andreas Bågenholm, Marcia Grimes, and Bo Rothstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gutterman, Ellen. (2019) Extraterritoriality as an Analytic Lens: Examining the Global Governance of Transnational Bribery and Corruption. In The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics, edited by Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 183-199.

Gutterman, Ellen, and Ian Roberge. (2019) The Financial Action Task Force: Fighting Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and the Limits of Experimentalist Governance. In Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics, edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub. pp. 455-467.

Gutterman, Ellen and Mathis Lohaus. (2018) What is the “anti-corruption” norm in global politics? Norm robustness and contestation in the transnational governance of corruption in Ina Kubbe and Anika Englebert, Eds. Corruption and Norms: Why Informal Rules Matter. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 241-267.

Gutterman, Ellen. (2016) Corruption in the Global Economy. In International Political Economy, edited by Greg Anderson and Christopher John Kukucha. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press Canada, pp. 456-475.

¿Que Sabemos de La Corrupción En Canadá? (Corruption in Canada: What Do We Know?). In La Corrupción En América: Un Continente, Muchos Frentes, edited by Antonio Azuela. Mexcio City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales.

Other Publications

Gutterman, Ellen. (2020) “Pressing Questions of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Geopolitical Trends, the Future of Academia, and What’s for Dinner?” Controcorrente: A Dedicated Blog on Coronavirus and Society. ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime.

Gutterman, Ellen. (2017) How Policy Framing Shaped UK Strategy on Transnational Bribery.  LSE British Politics and Policy.

What Is at Stake in the Global Constitutionalism Debate? Book Review of Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Joel P. Trachtman, Eds. Ruling the World? Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). International Studies Review (2012) 14, 182–184.

Foreign Bribery, Homegrown InactionThe Mark News. October 13, 2011.

Compliance as Process: Transnational Diffusion and Compliance in the International Regime of Anti-Corruption.” Paper presented at the workshop on “Compliance and Beyond: Assessing and Explaining the Impact of Regional and Global Governance Arrangements.” University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 31-June 1, 2013    

“Domestic Sources of State Compliance with International Law.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, March 2008.    
 “NGO Activism and State Compliance with Three Anti-Corruption Treaties: The role of Transparency International.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, March 2005.    
 “Anti-Corruption Norms and Strategic Trade Interests: Explaining (Non)compliance with the 1997 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, September 2004.     
“Corruption and Compliance: Anti-corruption norms, strategic trade interests, and state compliance with the 1997 OECD anti-bribery convention.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, March 2004.    
“The International Anti-Corruption Agenda: What is Canada’s Role?” Presented at the conference A Review of Canada’s International Policies, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Ottawa, 6-7 November 2003.    

“Corruption and Compliance: Explaining Variations in Compliance with the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, September 2002.    
“American Moral Leadership: The 1977 U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the International Anti-Corruption Regime in the 1990s.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Quebec City, 2000.