Samantha Besson


Samantha Besson holds the Chair Droit international des institutions at the Collège de France, Paris. From 2005 to 2019, she was Chair of Public International Law & European Union Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland where she is still a part-time Professor. Samantha Besson holds degrees from the Universities of Fribourg, Vienna, Oxford and Bern. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Zurich, Duke, Lausanne, Lisbon, Harvard and Penn. She has also taught in various capacities for the Hague Academy of International Law. She was a a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Advanced Study of Nantes. She is also a member of the Board of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. Samantha Bessons’ research interests pertain to general international law (subjects/institutions, sources, responsibility), EU institutional law, human rights law and theory, and democratic theory. Her latest book La due diligence en droit international (Recueil des cours de l’Académie de droit international de La Haye, Brill 2020) is forthcoming. More information may be found on her website:

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