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Law School Joins with Cornell Department of Government to Offer International Law/International Relations Colloquium

“I’ve never worked as hard as I did on this paper,” Peter Katzenstein told a packed Myron Taylor lecture hall on February 13 as he presented in the International Law/International Relations Colloquium.

Held at the Law School and jointly offered with the Department of Government, the colloquium invites scholars to present interdisciplinary research spanning a broad substantive and methodological spectrum. It is coordinated by Odette Lienau, Assistant Professor of Law, and Sarah Kreps, Assistant Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Government.

Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, is the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of more than thirty books or monographs and over 100 articles or book chapters, noted Kreps in her introduction, “I think because he never sleeps.”

“Lost in Translation? Non-State Actors and the Transnational Movement of Procedural Law,” co-authored by Benjamin Brake J.D. ’10, Ph.D. ’11 (Government) of the U.S. State Department, was the paper before Katzenstein as he guided colloquium attendees through an examination of the ways that legal systems coerce, compete with, and learn from each other.

“This paper provides an extremely nuanced view of the complex mechanisms by which non-state actors – important but often overlooked participants in the international arena – prove crucial in diffusing and translating legal approaches across national boundaries,” says Lienau. “It is a wonderful example of the value of interdisciplinary work in understanding shifting trends in international relations and transnational law.”

Named in honor of Leo Berger J.D. '56 and his wife, Arvilla, the Berger International Legal Studies Program sponsors a varied and indispensable array of activities that provide Cornell Law students with legal training and skills of global relevance and give the Law School a presence in France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.

2011-2012 International Law/International Relations Colloquium Speakers:

Rachel Brewster, Harvard Law School
John Ciorciari, University of Michigan
Laura Donahue, Georgetown Law School
John Kaag, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University
Suzanne Katzenstein, Duke University School of Law
Sarah Kreps, Cornell University
Darryl Li, Harvard University
Sandy Liebenberg, Stellenbosch University
Odette Lienau, Cornell Law School
Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law School
Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Tonya Putnam, Columbia University
Galit Sarfaty, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School