Colloquia and Clinical Programs

Spring 2010 IILJ Colloquium

IILJ International Legal Theory Colloquium Spring 2010

The Turn to Governance:
The Exercise of Power in the International Public Space

Benedict Kingsbury and Joseph Weiler

NYU Law School
Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice

Wednesdays 2pm-3.50pm on dates shown
Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall 9th Floor, 245 Sullivan Street
(unless otherwise noted)

(additional seminar for students et al is Thursdays 4pm-5.50pm, on GAL)


This scholarly Colloquium carried out each Spring examines major theoretical issues in international law. In Spring 2010, it focuses on global governance. Papers will be presented each week by leading scholars from around the world, who in 2009-10 are Fellows of NYU Law's Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice. Students are assigned to write three reaction papers which go to the speakers ahead of the public discussion sessions (Wednesdays 2pm-3.50pm), as well as completing a short related research paper by the end of the semester. Students also meet separately as a group in an intensive advanced international law seminar with the instructors(Thursdays 4pm-5.50pm). Some prior knowledge of international law or legal philosophy or international relations theory is essential.


Topics are indicative and are subject to change.

January 13

Students, Auditors etc meet with the instructors to discuss the UN Security Council in Global Governance (teaching session)

January 20

Andrew Hurrell, Oxford University
Topic: Emerging Powers, Global Order and Global Justice

January 27

Richard Stewart, NYU Law School
Topic: The World Trade Organization: Multiple Dimensions Of Global Administrative Law

February 3
Robert Keohane, Princeton University
Topic: The Regime Complex for Climate Change (paper with David Victor, UC San Diego)
February 10

No Colloquium - Postponed due to weather conditions.

February 17
No Colloquium
February 24

Gianluigi Palombella, University of Parma, Law Faculty
Topic: Rule of Law in Extra-National Governance
Background reading

March 3

Joseph Weiler, NYU Law School
Topic: On the Distinction between Values and Virtues in the Process of European Integration

March 10
David Kretzmer, Hebrew University/Ulster
Topic: The UN Human Rights Committee and International Human Rights Monitoring

March 11

(SPECIAL SESSION, 4pm-5.50pm, Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall 900)
Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
Topic: Controlling International Bureaucracies

March 17
No Colloquium – Spring Break
March 24
Marta Cartabia, University of Milan
Topic: Are Rights Always the Right Answers?
March 31
No Colloquium
April 7 
Grainne de Burca, Fordham Law School
Topic: EU International Relations:  The Governance Mode of Foreign Policy
April 14 

Beth Simmons, Harvard Government Department
Topic: Investor-State Treaty Regimes and Arbitral Processes
Note: this is the presentation of a new project, not a paper

April 21

Benedict Kingsbury, NYU Law School
Topic: Techniques of Global Governance
Davis, Kingsbury, Merry; Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance (IILJ Working Paper 2010/2)