David Kennedy, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard, will be speaking on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 2.30-4 in Room J on his new book, "Of War and Law." Professor Kennedy is the first in a new series of Global Lectures presented by the International Programs Office and the Hastings International and Comparative Law Society.
Professor Kennedy is a prolific and controversial scholar in the field of international law, and his new book published by Princeton University Press argues for a radically neo-realist approach to the laws of war.
Professor Kennedy's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy and the nature of professional expertise. He is particularly interested in the politics of the transnational regime for economic policy making. Kennedy has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs.
Prof. Kennedy served as Chair of the Graduate Committee and Faculty Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies from 1991-1997. He has advised a number of educational institutions on their law and graduate programs, including Brown University, the University of Quebec Lavalle and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Professor Kennedy has lectured at numerous universities and institutes, and has been a Visiting Professor at New York University in 1999, at the University of Paris (X) in 1995-1998, 2001-2002, and 2005-2006; at the University of Toronto in 1998 and 1999 and at the University of Paris (II) in the spring of 1998. He was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 2000-2001.
Professor Kennedy is the author of a number of books, including "The Canon of American Jurisprudence." He was just named Vice-President of Brown University in charge of their International Programs. He will leave Harvard in January for his new post.
There will be a book signing and a reception following Professor Kennedy's lecture.