LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.
Jay Butler is an expert in private and public international law. His scholarship highlights intersections between corporations and frameworks of global governance and seeks more generally to destabilize long-held, but problematic assumptions in international law. He currently teaches International Business Transactions, Contracts, and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. He received his A.B. in History from Harvard University, a B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to the president of the International Court of Justice and worked as a legal consultant to the government of Japan. At LAPA, he will further explore the corporate origins of the modern state and the implications of this background for current processes of international lawmaking.