Feb. 28: Lunchtime Reading Session with Global Professor of Law Martti Koskenniemi

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The JSD Program would like to invite you to a Lunchtime Reading Session with Global Professor of Law Martti Koskenniemi, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28th 12:00-1:30pm in 22 Washington Square North first floor lounge. Lunch will be served.

Professor Koskenniemi will join us to discuss the last chapter from his book The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 (CUP, 2002), titled:  “Out of Europe: Carl Schmitt, Hans Morgenthau and the Turn to International Relations” (will provide upon your RSVP).

In preparation, please also read Samuel Moyn’s reflection to the chapter which was published in the a Temple Int’l & Comp. L. J. Symposium issue dedicated to Professor Koskenniemi’s work: Samuel Moyn, “The international Law That is America: Reflections on the Last Chapter of the Gentle Civilizer of Nations”, TEMPLE INT’L & COMP. L.J. 27:2(2013).

The session will be moderated by JSD Candidates Christopher Roberts and Gabriele Wadlig.

A note on The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: “Modern international law was born from the impulse to “civilize” late nineteenth-century attitudes towards race and society, argues Martti Koskenniemi in this highly readable study of the rise and fall of classical international law. In a work of wide-ranging intellectual scope, Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late nineteenth century, and its subsequent decline after the Second World War. He combines legal analysis, historical and political critique and semi-biographical studies of key figures (including Hans Kelsen, Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt, and Hans Morgenthau); he also considers the role of crucial institutions (such as the Institut de droit international and the League of Nations). His discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 “instrumentalism.” Along with the book’s other chapters, this provides a unique reflection on the possibility of critical international law today.”

As a reminder, in the JSD Lunchtime Reading Sessions we typically hold an informal conversation over lunch with a guest author about a recent or a classic text, its substantive claims, its place within the field and within the author’s scholarship, and to raise any questions or criticisms that the reading may trigger. Reading is required.

Please RSVP by email to jsdcoordinator@nyu.edu

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