Colloquia and Clinical Programs

Spring 2012 IILJ Colloquium

IILJ International Legal Theory Colloquium Spring 2012

Convened by Professors Benedict Kingsbury and J.H.H. Weiler

NYU Law School
Wednesdays 2pm-3:50pm on dates shown
Vanderbilt Hall 208, 40 Washington Square South
(unless otherwise noted)


This scholarly Colloquium each Spring examines major theoretical issues in international law. In Spring 2012 it will focus on issues of change (and stability) in international institutions and governance, as well as the interaction between institutions.

Students are assigned to write three reaction papers which go to the speakers ahead of the public discussion sessions, as well as completing a short related research paper, and also meet separately as a group in an intensive advanced international law seminar with the instructor. The research paper (or the much longer final paper preceded by a full draft due earlier, if the "substantial writing" option is chosen) will be turned in towards the end of the semester. Some prior knowledge of international law or legal philosophy or international relations theory is essential.


Schedule of sessions:

January 25

Harlan Cohen, University of Georgia
“Finding International Law, Part II: Our Fragmenting Legal Community”

February 1

Anthea Roberts, London School of Economics/ Visiting Professor at Harvard University
"Clash of Paradigms: Actors and Analogies Shaping the Investment Treaty System"

February 8

Odette Lienau, Cornell University
"Rethinking Sovereign Debt: The Politics of Reputation in the Twentieth Century"

February 29

Nico Krisch, Hertie School of Governance(Berlin)/Visiting Professor at Harvard University
"From Consent to Consultation: International Law in an Age of Global Public Goods"

Background Reading

March 21

Doreen Lustig, New York University
“The Business of International Law: International Legal Attitudes
Toward the Business Enterprise, 1870-1954”

*April 3 , 4pm Jean d'Aspremont, University of Amsterdam
"Formalism and the Sources of International Law" (excerpts) [to be held in FH-118]

April 4

Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki/New York University/Visiting Professor at Columbia University
“International Law and the Emergence of Mercantile Capitalism: Grotius
to Smith”

*April 17, 4pm

Horatia Muir Watt, SciencesPo
"Private International Law: Beyond the Schism, from Closet to Planet"
[to be held inFH-118]

April 18

Armin von Bogdandy & Matthias  Goldmann, Max Planck Institut, University of Heidelberg/New York University
"Sovereign Debt Restructurings as Exercises of International Public Authority: Towards a Decentralized Sovereign Insolvency Law”

* Session held, exceptionally, on a Tuesday.