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Sannoy Das
Lecturer, Boston University School of Law
Teaching Fellow, Harvard College
Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Writing Workshop
Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, India (on leave)
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My dissertation examines the history of the postwar international legal order for regulating commerce. It breaks from conventional historiography that tends to trace this history as the rise of an international liberal order, shaped through a conflict between the desire to entrench rules and that to retain power. Instead, I argue that the key struggle that animated the development postwar international law lay between imperial, counter-imperial and anti-imperial imaginations about international politics. Partisans in this struggle were neither ‘liberals’ committed to rules of law, nor ‘realists’ viewing law as epiphenomena. Instead, I read their arguments as re-enacting rich debates in modern political theory – about the commercial basis of peace, the possibilities of a liberal world constitution, and the justness a cosmopolitan world order – within a new context of extensive decolonization and economic interdependence.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • International Trade: Law, Politics and Economics with Mark Wu, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Law and Political Economy with Christine Desan, Harvard Law School
  • International Relations and International Political Economy with Christina Davis, Department of Government, Harvard University

Additional Research Interests

  • History of Capitalism
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Political Theory
  • Business Regulation


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate, 2018-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2015
  • National law University, Jodhpur, India, B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.), 2011

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Lecturer, Boston University School of Law (Fall 2021)
  • Harvard Law School, 2018-19, 2019-20 Graduate Program Fellow, Teaching Assistant for LL.M. Writing Workshop
  • Teaching Fellow, General Education, Harvard College (Spring 2020)
  • Harvard Law School, 2015, Salzburg Cutler Law Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, 2015, Summer Academic Fellowship
  • Jindal Global Law School, 2015 – Present, Assistant Professor of Law (on leave)

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Hindi (fluent), Bengali (native)