Comparative Perspectives on International Law

April 20

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Room 528

Historically, public international law has regarded itself as a formal framework set up by states to regulate relations among themselves on the basis of sovereign equality. The world that international law regulates is viewed as one of positive fact, without normative significance. At the same time, comparative law has conventionally focused on comparing the internal legal structures of the various states, paying much less attention to the external legal structures that in fact frame the objects of its study. This conference will look at international law from comparative and historical perspectives, in order to analyze it in its multiple dimensions as a political, cultural, and epistemological project.

Contact: Professor Teemu Ruskola, truskola@wcl.american.edu