Max Planck Lecture Series

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 16:00

“International Law Theories – An Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking”

Prof. Andrea Bianchi (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva)

Full Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva since 2002. Previously, full professor at the Catholic University in Milan; associate professor at the University of Parma, and professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Bologna Centre.

Author and/or editor of: Interpretation in International Law (co-edited with Dan Peat and Matt Windsor; Oxford University Press, 2015); Transparency in International Law (co-edited with Anne Peters; Cambridge University Press, 2013); and of a trilogy of books on terrorism for Hart Publishing: Enforcing International Law Norms against Terrorism (2004); Counterterrorism: Democracy’s Challenge, (co-edited with Alexis Keller) (2008); and International Law and Terrorism (co-authored with Yasmin Naqvi) (2011). He has also edited: Research Collection on the Philosophy and Theory of International Law (Edward Elgar 2016 – forthcoming); and Non-State Actors in International Law (Ashgate, 2009).

Andrea Bianchi’s most recent monograph on: International Law Theories. An Inquiry Into Different Ways of Thinking, was released in November 2016 by Oxford University Press.

His most recent articles and book chapters include: ‘Epistemic Communities’, in Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh, Concepts for International Law – Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (Edward Elgar, 2017)(forthcoming); (with Yasmin Naqvi) ‘Terrorism’, in: Andrew Clapham and Paola Gaeta (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of International law in Armed Conflict, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 574-604; ‘Gazing at the Crystal Ball (again): State Immunity and Jus Cogens beyond Germany v Italy’, 4 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 457-475 (2013); ‘Law, Time and Change: The Self-Regulatory Function of Subsequent Practice’, in Georg Nolte (Ed.), Treaties and Subsequent Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 133-141; (with Delphine Hayim) ‘Unmanned Warfare Devices and the Laws of War: The Challenge of Regulation’, 31 Sicherheit und Frieden/Security and Peace 93-98 (2013); ‘The International Regulation of the Use of Force: the Politics of Interpretive Method, in Larissa van den Herik and Nico Schrijver (Eds.), Counter-Terrorism Strategies in a Fragmented International Legal Order. Meeting the Challenges (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 283-316. Previously published as: ‘The international regulation of the use of force: the politics of interpretive method’ 22 Leiden Journal of International Law 651-676 (2009); ‘Reflexive Butterfly Catching: Insights from a Situated Catcher’, in: Joost Pauwelyn et al. (Eds.), Informal International Lawmaking, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012: 200-215; ‘On Certainty’, EJIL Talk, 16 February 2012 (8th most read blog post in 2012 according to EJIL Talk ranking); ‘‘The Fight for Inclusion: Non-State Actors and International Law’ in U. Fastenrath, R. Geiger, D.E. Khan, A. Paulus, S. von Schorlemer, C. Vedder (eds.) From Bilateralism to Community Interest: Essays in Honour of Bruno Simma, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011: 39-57; ‘Terrorism and Armed Conflicts: Insights from a Law and Literature Perspective’, 24 Leiden Journal of International Law 1-21 (2011); ‘Textual interpretation and (international) law reading: the myth of (in)determinacy and the genealogy of meaning’ in P. Bekker et al (eds.) Making Transnational Law Work in the Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Detlev Vagts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 34-56; ‘Fear’s Legal Dimension. Counterterrorism and Human Rights’ in L. Boisson de Chazournes and M. Kohen (eds.) International Law and the Quest for its Implementation – Le droit international et la quête de sa mise en oeuvre: Liber Amicorum Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2010, 175-192; ‘State Responsibility and Criminal Liability of Individuals’ in A. Cassese (ed.) The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 16-24 (2009); ‘Looking ahead: international law’s main challenges’ in D. Armstrong (ed.) Routledge Handbook of International Law, London, Routledge, 2009, 392-409; ‘Human Rights and the Magic of Jus Cogens’ 19 European Journal of International Law 491-508 (2008).

Andrea Bianchi has been a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, the Catholic University in Milan and the University of Paris 1 (La Sorbonne). He has consulted for international organizations on matters related to security and human rights; and for multinational corporations on business and human rights issues. In 2015 he appeared as counsel before the European Court of Human Rights in the Al-Dulimi case. Between 2010 and 2014 he served as a designated member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Terrorism. He co-chaired (with Michael Wood) the working group on the use of force that led to the Leiden Policy Recommendations on Counterterrorism and International Law (2010). In 2001 he was among the founders of the European Society of International Law in which Executive Council he sat until 2010.

Dr Surabhi Ranganathan (University of Cambridge)

Surabhi Ranganathan is a University Lecturer in International Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Her research explores histories and politics of international law, with a current focus on the designation, representations and regulation of global commons, especially the deep seabed.

Surabhi is the author of Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (CUP 2014)—a study of international legal thought and practice, exploring treaty conflicts in nuclear governance, the law of the sea, and international criminal justice—and asst. editor of The Cambridge Companion to International Law (CUP 2012). Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the British Yearbook of International Law, American Journal of International Law and European Journal of International Law. Her research has been selected for presentation at the peer-reviewed NYU/Nottingham/Melbourne Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Surabhi was an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (2014-2015) and Junior Research Fellow at King's College and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge (2012-2014). She has also been an Institute Fellow and Program Officer at the Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law (2006-2008), where she worked on projects relating to the regulation of Private Military and Security Companies, and Global Administrative Law.

She received her B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, her LL.M. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Vanderbilt Scholar, and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar, an Overseas Research Scholar, and JC Hall Scholar at St. John's College. She has clerked at the Supreme Court of India, and interned with UNHCR, UNICEF, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and the Central Empowered Committee for the Environment established by the Supreme Court of India. She has also been a research assistant to Professor Tom Franck.

Currently co-editor of the International Legal Theory Section of the Leiden Journal of International Law, Surabhi has also served as assistant editor of the British Yearbook of International Law (2012-2016).

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