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Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law Publishes Symposium Exploring Work of Leading International Law Scholar

The Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law, in collaboration with Professor Jeffrey Dunoff, has published a Symposium entitled "Engaging the Writings of Martti Koskenniemi," a major new collection of work by leading scholars that engages, explores, and extends the work of Professor Koskenniemi, one of the foremost critical thinkers in contemporary international law.

Professor Dunoff explained the origins of this project: "Professor Koskenniemi and I met when we appeared together on a panel at Cambridge University.  I invited him to visit Temple, hoping to provide an opportunity for Temple faculty and students to interact with him.  Once he accepted, we organized an event that included prominent scholars from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, the London School of Economics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and other leading universities."    In April 2013, nearly two dozen leading scholars met for two days at the Law School, for intensive and, at times, contentious dialogue over issues such as international law's historic and contemporary relation to empire.   The Symposium papers, including an expanded version of Koskenniemi's keynote address, have already attracted significant attention, and are considered major contributions to the current scholarship in the field.

Martti Koskenniemi is a Professor of International Law and Director of the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. His publications include From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument, a ground-breaking analysis of international law's rhetorical structures; The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960, a sophisticated intellectual history of the rise of a liberal sensibility in international legal thinking in the late 19th century and its subsequent decline after World War II; and The Politics of International Law, which reproduces many of his most influential articles on human rights, collective security, humanitarian intervention, and related topics.   Koskenniemi's writings are informed by his extensive legal practice, including service as a member of the UN International Law Commission, as an international judge, and as Finland's representative to numerous UN bodies.

The workshop was supported by funds from the Laura H. Carnell Chair.  More recently, the Law School hosted another Carnell Chair event.  In February 2014, Professor Dunoff organized a seminar entitled "Between International Law and Politics."   The seminar featured Georg Nolte, a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and member of the UN International Law Commission, as well as law and political science faculty from Temple and other area universities.

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