Hauser Colloquium 2010

Convened by Professors Ryan Goodman and Robert Keohane

The Hauser Colloquium 2010 focused on the intersection of international law and politics. International law and international politics are in tension with one another, since law purports to be general and principled, while politics is often highly particular and shaped by interests and power. To explore this tension and its ramifications, this seminar featured speakers both from political science and from law, who examined, from different disciplinary and paradigmatic perspectives, how institutions and law reflect, and alter, the availability of information, interests of relevant actors, and policy outcomes.

Public sessions:

September 15
Professor Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School: Human Rights, the Laws of War, and Reciprocity

September 22
Professor Michael Doyle, Columbia Law School: A Global Constitution? The Struggle over the UN Charter

October 6
Professor Mary Dudziak, Emory University School of Law: Law, War, and the History of Time

October 13
Professor Tim Buthe, Duke University: Standards for global markets: domestic and international institutions for setting international product standards

October 20
Professor Kal Raustiala, UCLA Law School: Information and International Agreements
Background Readings:
Police Patrols and Fire Alarms in the NAAEC
The Rational Design of International Institutions

October 22
Professor Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University: The Transnational Spread of American Law: Legalization as Soft Power

November 10
Professors Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro, Yale Law School: Outcasting: Enforcement in Domestic and International Law

November 17
Professors Ann Marie Clark, Purdue University  & Kathryn Sikkink, Harvard Kennedy School: Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?
Background Reading: Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, & James Ron, Seeing Double: Human Rights Impact Through Qualitative and Quantitative Eyes, World Politics, 2009.

December 1
Professors Kevin Davis & Benedict Kingsbury, NYU Law School: Obligation Overload: Adjusting the Obligations of Fragile or Failed States

December 3
Professor Beth Simmons: Harvard University: Inter-subjective Frames and Rational Choice: Transnational Crime and the Case of Human Trafficking