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David Kennedy

Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law

Director, Institute for Global Law and Policy

David W. Kennedy
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David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development and European law. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1981 and holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His 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.

As a practicing lawyer and consultant, Professor Kennedy has worked on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including work with PricewaterhouseCoopers with their emerging markets and anti-corruption practice, with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, the Qatar Foundation and with the private firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels, where his work combined European antitrust litigation, government relations advising and general corporate law. A member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, he is past Chair and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance. In 2011, he was appointed Foreign Advisor to Thailand’s Truth for Reconciliation Commission and now serves as a member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

At Harvard, he served as Chair of the Graduate Committee and Faculty Director of International Legal Studies. He founded the European Law Research Center at Harvard in 1991 and served continuously as its Faculty Director. He has advised a number of educational institutions on their academic programs, and lectured as a Visiting Professor at numerous universities across the world. In 2008-2009, he served as Vice President for International Affairs, University Professor of Law and David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University.

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Lectures and Presentations by Professor David Kennedy

Professor David Kennedy, IGLP Director, has participated over the years and will participate during 2016 in many conferences and seminars, giving lectures or serving as a panelist in many of them. These include:

  • Book Talk on “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy” as a part of Doctoral Week, Sciences Po, Paris, France, June 19, 2017
  • Conference Remarks, “Legal World Making as Distribution: The Distributional Impact of Context Making by Legal Expertise”, at ITEPE Conference “The Law of Political Economy: Transformations in the Functions of Law”, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 15-16, 2017
  • Comments, “The law politics and practice of new experimentalism: complexity and pragmatism in action” hosted by the Department of Law, London School of Economics and the Overseas Development Institute, London, United Kingdom, May 22-23, 2017
  • Book Talk on “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy”, PwC, Washington D.C., May 16, 2017
  • “The Context for Context: International Legal History in Struggle,” Harvard Law School Faculty Workshop, April 6, 2017
  • Response at the Symposium on the Tanner Lecture by Radhika Coomaraswamy, University of Michigan Law School , March 30, 2017
  • Comments at the IGLP Initiative on the Future of Political Economy at SOAS University of London, London, United Kingdom, March 4, 2017
  • “Modern War and Modern Law,” a lecture on “Evolution of International Law and Ethics in Modern Warfare” in the Study Period entitled “The Global Security Environment”, NATO College, Rome, March 2, 2017
  • Comments, EISA Roundtable: Normativities in International Relations, International Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland, February 24, 2017
  • Comments, Roundtable on “The Power of Legality: Practice of International Law and their Politics” International Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland, February 24, 2017
  • Comments, Roundtable on “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy”, ISA Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, February 23, 2017
  • Remarks, IGLP Asian Regional Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, January 5-11, 2017
  • “The Rule of Law: A Terrain of Choices,” at the Thailand Institute of Justice Forum on the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development, Bangkok, Thailand, January 11, 2017
  • “The Trump Election Decoded” at the Forum on the Trump Election, Real Colegio Complutense, Madrid, Spain, December 19, 2016
  • Remarks on the panel “What Should Democracies Know” Kennedy School of Government, December 8 2016
  • Remarks, Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council, annual meeting, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, December 1, 2016
  • Remarks, The Critical Human Rights Theory Workshop discussion of  “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy” Columbia University, September 29, 2016
  • Comments, Human Rights Theory and Practice Workshop, University of Michigan, October 8, 2016
  • "How Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy,” Institute for Global Law and Policy, Madrid, Spain, July 20, 2016
  • Remarks, IGLP Workshop, Madrid Spain, July 18-22, 2016
  • “Navigating Issues of Global Law and Policy,” professional education course, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Madrid Spain, July 12-13, 2016
  • Opening remarks, IGLP Colloquium, Harvard Law School, June 5, 2016
  • “The Contemporary Politics of Unease,” presentation and press conference, Vienna, Austria, May 27, 2016
  • “Law & Politics in the Debate on UN Security Council Reform” panel, UN Security Council Meeting, Ascona, Switzerland, May 23, 2016 
  • Remarks introducing “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law & Expertise Shape Global Political Economy”, by David Kennedy, Institute of Law & Finance, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, May 18, 2016
  • “The Context for Context: International Legal History in Struggle” at the conference History, Politics, Law: Thinking through the International” at Clare College, Cambridge, UK, May 16, 2016.
  • “Neutral Processes and Production of Inequality”, Annual Conference on Inequality & Human Rights, University Texas at Austin, Texas, April 9, 2016
  • “Democracy, Expertise, and Public Opinion”, March 31, 2016, New York University Max Weber Conference on Democracy & Expertise, New York, NY
  • “Modern War and Modern Law” at the panel on “The Evolution of International Law & Ethics in Warfare”, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, March 11, 2016
  • Remarks introducing “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy,” Harvard Law School Library, book panel, March 9, 2016
  • Opening Remarks, IGLP Regional Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, January 17-23, 2016
  • Remarks introducing “A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy,” SOAS, Khalili Lecture Theater, London, for the London Review of International Law, January 14, 2016
  • Remarks at the meeting of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council, annual meeting, Beijing, China, December 1, 2015
  • “Law & Distributive Struggle in a Global Political Economy”, Keynote Lecture, University College London Symposium, London, UK, November 12, 2015
  • “Heterodox Law and Heterodox Economics: An Alliance,” remarks for the celebration of Joseph Stiglitz’s 50 years of teaching, Columbia University, October 17, 2015
  • “The Powers of Knowledge: Law, Distribution and Inequality in Global Political Economy,”  Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia, August 20, 2015
  • Opening remarks: What is New Thinking in Transnational Law?, at the IGLP Regional Workshop, Los Andes University Law Faculty, Bogota, Colombia, August 20, 2015
  • American Legal Thought, course lectures at the University of Freiburg law faculty, July 2-4, 2015
  • “Transnational Regulation in The American Legal Tradition,” course presentation at the Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Madrid, Spain, June 30-July 1, 2015
  • “Law and Global Political Economy” Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway, June 11, 2015
  • Opening Remarks: What is the IGLP?, June Conference, June 1, 2015
  • “What is Expertise?” Harvard IGLP conference panel presentation, June 1, 2015
  • “The Law and Development Field: The Current Situation” at the conference “Critical Perspectives in Development and Global Economic Governance,” London School of Economics, May 22, 2015
  • “Regulating Warfare in the Age of Lawfare, at the conference, “Rape and War: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives, The Pembroke Center, Brown University, May 7, 2015
  • Chair, “Next Generation of Threats Symposium,” PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, April 8, 2015
  • Remarks, "Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century," Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, March 6, 2015
  • “Law, Expertise and Struggle”, Yale Human Rights Workshop, New Haven, CT, February 12, 2015
  • Opening Plenary, IGLP global Workshop, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar, January 3, 2015
  • "Reflections on Global Legal Education,” Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2014
  • Remarks at the conference on Heterodoxy in Contemporary Legal Analysis, Kyoto, Japan, December 14, 2014
  • “The Challenges of Contemporary Global Political Economy,” remarks at the conference on "Next Left: A Progressive Answer to the Global Social Question,” Fundacion Democracia y Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile, November 20, 2014
  • "Law and Global Political Economy,” University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 10, 2014
  • “Law and Global Political Economy,” The Transnational Justice Lecture at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, October 22, 2014
  • Remarks on Anticorruption, PricewaterhouseCoopers, October 14, 2014
  • Remarks, Global Agenda Council on Global Governance, World Economic Forum Summit, Dubai, November 11, 2014
  • “Global Governance for the Political Economy of Today,” University of Cape Town, South Africa, September 9, 2014
  • Remarks at the Workshop on "Law, Development & Poverty," University of Cape Town, South Africa, September 11, 2014
  • Presentation, "Governing Publics and Politics,” STS Summer School: Science and Governance at the Frontiers of Life, Cambridge, MA, July 31, 2014
  • "Governance and Globalization: International and European Answers" at a conference on international law scholarship today at the Lauterpacht Centre, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, July 4-5, 2014
  • "The American Approach to Global Law and Policy," and "Managing Regulatory Risk: Compliance in a World of Conflicting Regulation," North American Lawyers Program, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Madrid, Spain, July 1-2, 2014
  • Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Dialogue on Diversity, Peace and Diplomacy, Putrajaya, Malaysia, November 11, 2013
  • Investing in the Rule of Law, Justice and Security for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Bangkok Dialogue on the Rule of Law, November 15, 2013
  • Global Governance for the Political Economy of Today, Rafael del Pino Foundation, Madrid, Spain, February 21, 2013
  • International Law and the Center-Periphery Dynamic, The American University in Cairo, February 19, 2012
  • International Law and the Center-Periphery Dynamic, The American University in Cairo, February 19, 2012
  • World Bank Presentation , May 25, 2011
  • Global Governance and Policy: Structural Challenges, Zaragosa, Spain, December 9, 2010
  • Global Governance for the Political Economy of Today, Yaroslavl, Russia, September 9, 2010
  • Modern War and Modern Law, Suffolk University School of Law, October 2009
  • The Limits of Human Rights, University College London, October 9, 2009
  • Opening remarks at the launch celebration for the 15th edition of the UCL Jurisprudence Review, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 9, 2008
  • Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Dinner Remarks, The New International Law Conference, Oslo, Norway, March 2007
  • The ELRC: An Agenda for Research, Real Colegio Complutense, June 15, 2007
  • Keynote address, The TWAIL Conference, Albany, New York, April 2007
  • Modern War and Modern Law, University of Minnesota Law School, October 2006
  • Baltimore Law School, Center for International and Comparative Law, October 26, 2006
  • Modern War and Modern Law, Brooklyn Law School, September 23, 2005
  • Contribution to the Panel Discussion, Detainees in the Global War on Terror: Guantanamo Bay and Beyond, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, February 1, 2006
  • Modern War and Modern Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, October 18, 2006
  • Modern War and Modern Law, London, Institute for Policy Research, October 24, 2006
  • The Secretary General as Policy Maker, New York University School of Law, February 23, 2006
  • One, Two, Three, Many Legal Orders: Legal Pluralism and the Cosmopolitan Dream, Delivered at the Biennial Conference of the European, Society of International Law – Paris, France, March 20, 2006
  • Reassessing the Humanitarian Promise of the International Legal Tradition, Zurich, June 30, 2005
  • Challenging Expert Rule: The Politics of Global Governance, Cairo, Egypt, May, 2005
  • Reassessing the Humanitarian Promise of the International Legal Tradition, Hong Kong, May 9, 2005
  • Global Governance and the Politics of Expertise, Paris, France, May, 2005
  • Reassessing the Humanitarian Promise of the International Legal Tradition, Yale Law School, April 22, 2005
  • Reassessing the Humanitarian Promise of the International Legal Tradition, Zurich, June 30, 3005
  • Humanitarians in the Cockpit: War and International Law, Toronto, May 18, 2004
  • Challenging Expert Rule: The Politics of Global Governance, Julius Stone Memorial Address, Sydney, Australia, June 17, 2004
  • Reassessing International Humanitarianism, Paris, July 12, 2004
  • Challenging Expert Rule: The Politics of Global Governance, Monterrey, Mexico, November 6, 2004
  • The Dark Sides of Humanitarianism: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, Madrid, December, 2004
  • Was Humanizing Warfare a Good Idea? War and the Vocabulary of International Law, Florence, Italy, May 2004
  • The Dark Sides of Humanitarianism: Reassessing International Humanitarianism, Boston University School of Law, October 26, 2004

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