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This week, we host an online discussion (see below) of the Special Anniversary Article by Prof. Martti Koskennimi which opens the current issue of EJIL. The full text of the article – “The Politics of International Law – 20 Years Later” – is available here. On Monday, Professor Koskenniemi opens with a post which summarises his article and sets out some of his thinking on the topic. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will have responses by Professor Iain Scobbie (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) and Dr Jason Beckett (University of Leicester).
Professor Koskenniemi is currently the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. He is also Professor of International Law and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. There is a fascinating interview of him, as part of the Eminent Scholars Archive at the University of Cambridge, where he talks about issues such as his views of the discipline of international law (some of which are reflected in the current EJIL article); his teaching style and Sir Hersch Lauterpacht’s contribution to international law in general and in the UK.
Prof Koskenniemi wrote the opening article in the very first issue of EJIL. That earlier article titled “The Politics of International Law” (available here) was in some ways a summary of the themes in Koskenniemi’s leading book From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of Interntaional Legal Argument. In the current article “The Politics of International Law – 20 Years Later”, Professor Koskenniemi examines some of the changes in his thinking about the politics of engaging in international law.
Both commentators have written reviews of Koskenniemi’s earlier work and it is our pleasure to have them engage with Koskenniemi’s current work here on EJIL:Talk!
My thanks to Mr. Vidan Hadzi-Vidanovic, PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, for his invaluable assistance in making this discussion happen.