Karen J. Alter, Northwestern University

The New Terrain of International Law: International Courts and Democratic Politics

Mon, 02/24/2014
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall

Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Karen J. Alter, Professor of Political Science and Law at Northwestern University, to discuss "The New Terrain of International Law: International Courts and Democratic Politics." The commentator is Georg Nolte, LAPA Fellow and Professor of Law at Humboldt University Berlin.

Karen J. Alter  is Professor of Political Scienceand Law at Northwestern University, and a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts Center for Excellence, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. Alter is author of The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press, 2014); The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press, 2009); Establishing the Supremacy of European Law (Oxford University Press, 2001) and more than forty articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication (Oxford University Press, 2014). Fluent in Italian, French and German, Alter’s research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Berlin, the Howard Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the DAAD, and the Bourse Chateaubriand Scientifique. Alter is member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the editorial board of International Organization, and Law and Social Inquiry and (previously) European Union Politics. She has been a visiting scholar at the Northwestern Law School, the American Academy in Berlin, the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Auswartiges Politik, Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, Harvard Law School, Seikei University, the Sonderforschungsbereich of Universitat Bremen, and the American Bar Foundation.

Georg Nolte is a law professor at Humboldt University Berlin. He teaches international law, German and comparative constitutional law, and European law. His research interests focus on general questions of international law at the intersection of political science. As a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations he combines theory and practice. His recent publications include The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary (Oxford 2012) (co.-ed. with Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan und Andreas Paulus). Before going to Berlin Nolte was professor at the Universities of Munich and Göttingen, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Centre for Advanced Studies, Berlin), as well as Visiting Professor at Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas). From 2000-2007 he was a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe ('Venice Commission'). At Princeton he will be working on the informal development of treaties and their interpretation through the subsequent practice of their parties.

As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open 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 in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet. 

Funded by the Bouton Law Lecture Fund