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Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law: Papers from NYU’s Hauser Globalization Colloquium Fall 2009

With much thanks to Professor Ari Kohen over at Running Chicken for alerting us, here are the complete papers from the NYU Hauser Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law:

Hauser Globalization Colloquium Fall 2009:
Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law

Professor Ryan Goodman

Furman Hall 212
Wednesdays 2:00 pm-3:50pm
(unless otherwise noted)

The interdisciplinary study of international law has grown enormously in recent years and appears likely to continue to do so. This colloquium is intended to provide students with the opportunity to enmesh themselves in this scholarly enterprise by bringing to the seminar a cross-section of leading academics engaged in some of the most interesting new work. Our distinguished faculty speakers will generally present a work in progress. Students will be expected to submit brief “reflection” pieces commenting on the presented work and will also have the opportunity to question the presenter during the session. Some sessions of the colloquium will be reserved for meetings without outside speakers.

Schedule of Sessions (subject to modification)

September 2 -    Professor Andrew Guzman, Boalt Hall, University of Berkeley
(co-author: Prof. Jody Freeman, Harvard Law School)
Topic: “Climate Change and U.S. Interests
Discussants: Profs. Richard Stewart, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

September 16 – Professor Beth Simmons, Harvard University & NYU Straus Institute
(co-author Prof. Allison Danner, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Law)
Topic: “Credible Commitments and the International Criminal Court
Discussants: Profs. Jose Alvarez, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

September 30 – Professor Oona Hathaway, Yale Law School
Topic: “Presidential Power over International Law: Restoring the Balance
Discussants: Profs. Stephen Holmes, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

October 7 -         Professors Eyal Benvenisti, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law; NYU,
and George Downs, NYU
Topic: “Will National Court Cooperation Promote Global Accountability?
The Judicial Review of International Organizations
Discussants: Profs. Beth Simmons, Harvard Univ. & NYU Straus Institute, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

Friday, October 16 - Professor Gary Bass, Princeton University  (FH 214, 2:00-3:50 PM)
Topic: “Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention
Discussants: Profs. David Golove, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

October 21 – Professor Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota
(co-author: Hunjoon Kim, Univ. of Minnesota)
Topic:“Explaining the Deterrence Effect of Human Rights Prosecutions for Transitional Countries
Discussants: Profs. Philip Alston, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

October 28 – Professor Paul Slovic, University of Oregon
Topic: “Can International Law Stop Genocide When Our Moral Intuitions Fail Us?
Discussants: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former U.N. Under-Secretary General for peacekeeping
operations, NYU Center on International Cooperation , and Prof. Ryan Goodman, NYU

Friday, November 13 – Professor James Morrow, University of Michigan (FH 214, 2:00-3:50 PM)
Topic: “The Laws of War as an International Institution” – The session will focus on
Chapters 1, 3 & 4. For interested readers, a Supplemental Reading has also been made available.
Discussants: Profs. Matthew Evangelista, Cornell Univ., Nina Tannenwald, Brown Univ.,
and Ryan Goodman, NYU

November 18 – Professor Robert Keohane, Princeton University
(co-authors: Profs. Allen Buchanan, Duke Univ., and Tony Cole, Univ. of Warwick
Topic: “Justice in the Diffusion of Innovation
Discussants: Profs. Robert Howse, NYU, and Ryan Goodman, NYU

For some time now,  a significant number of international legal scholars and international relations scholars have been seeking to study international law from an interdisciplinary perspective.  In 1996, my colleagues Robert J. Beck and Robert D. Vander Lugt published International Rules: Approaches from International Law and International Relations. This edited volume sought to provide exemplars from both international legal scholarship and international relations scholarship about a common subject– international rules. Since that time, there has been much written on international law from a variety of disciplines and numerous courses taught using a multi- or interdisciplinary method.

So here is the question: what is the future of an interdisciplinary approach?

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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