Martti Koskenniemi

Martti Koskenniemi, Professor of International Law and Director of the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, is one of the most influential international legal scholars of our times. 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. He has been a member of the UN International Law Commission (2002-2006) and Judge at the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank (1997-2002). From 1978 to 1994 he was member of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and served as a representative to numerous UN bodies. He has served as Counsel and Co-Agent in disputes before the International Court of Justice and

Among his other academic appointments, Koskennimi serves as a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and has previously served as the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge and as Hauser Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School.

Temple Law School has invited an outstanding collection of scholars from around the world to extend, revise and challenge Koskenniemi’s ideas.

This event is sponsored by Temple Law School, the Law School’s Institute of International Law and Public Policy, and the Laura Carnell Chair.