Georg Nolte, LAPA Fellow; Humboldt University Berlin

European Exceptionalism?

Mon, 11/25/2013
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Georg Nolte, LAPA Fellow and law professor at Humboldt University Berlin, who will present "European Exceptionalism?"  His commentator will be Andrew Moravcsik, professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School.

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.

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.  Nolte earned his doctorate and his "Habilitation" at the University of Heidelberg.

Andrew Moravcsik is Professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program at Princeton University. He has published more than 125 scholarly publications, including four books, which examine European integration, international law and organization, human rights, global power analysis, international relations theory, the democratic legitimacy of global governance, qualitative and historical methods, and other topics. His history of the EU, The Choice for Europe, has been called "the most important work in the field.” He was recently awarded the Stanley Kelley Teaching Award from Princeton University. He has served in policy positions as trade negotiator for the US Government, assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea, and press assistant at the European Commission—as well as on numerous policy commissions. Since 2006 he has been Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He is Book Review Editor at Foreign Affairs, has published over 100 policy commentaries and analyses, and served as editor-in-chief of a Washington foreign policy journal and Contributing Editor of Newsweek, He has worked at research institutes in France, Italy, Britain, and, most recently, China. His commentary and scholarly research on opera have appeared in Financial Times, New York Times, Opera Quarterly, Opera and elsewhere. His website is

Funded by the Bouton Law Lecture Fund