Tiltrædelsesforelæsning: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

Forlæsningens emne: "The Changing Practices of International Law: the uneasy legacy of Wolfgang Friedmann."

12.10.2016 | Andreas G. Jensby

Dato fre 25 nov
Tid 13:15 15:30
Sted Aarhus Universitet, bygning 1412, lokale 329

Fredag den 25. november kl. 13.15 holder Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, som nyudnævnt adjungeret professor på Juridisk Institut, en tiltrædelsesforelæsning med titlen:

"The Changing Practices of International Law: the uneasy legacy of Wolfgang Friedmann."

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Nedenstående abstract forklarer, hvad der gemmer sig bag titlen:

"The last 60 years has seen a remarkable expansion of international law. With more than 158,000 treaties across all issue of international life, and some 125 judicial institutions, international law has become an inescapable factor in world politics.

Yet, this expansion and bolstering has also made international law subject to increasing political scepticism. States are voicing concerns that some parts of international law is producing unintended and politically uncomfortable effects. International organisations are being criticised for being undemocratic, and international and regional courts accused of judicial activism and overreach. 

Based on recent case law examples and looking back to the legal theorist Wolfgang Friedmann's seminal treatise, The Changing Structure of International Law, this lecture argues that while Friedmann correctly identified a number of core developments in international law, what we see today is nonetheless still far from the liberal vision that he and many other imagined. F

ar from ‘solving’ the problem of politics, the expansion and institutionalisation of international law has prompted a different kind of politics of international law. As more and more states are seeking to recoup their sovereign space for politics in areas of particular interest, they not only challenge international law, but also maneouvre international law differently.

And when governments rely more heavily on their legal advisors, it is not just to ensure compliance with international law, but also to engage in what might be called 'creative legal thinking' in terms of how international law should be interpreted, legal conflicts resolved and policies designed to eclipse or minimise obligations otherwise owed.


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