Book launch: 'History, Politics, Law - Thinking through the International' on 28 January 2022

Welcome to the book launch of 'History, Politics, Law - Thinking through the International' edited by Annabel Brett, Megan Donaldson and Martti Koskenniemi (CUP) taking place on Friday, 28 January 2022 at 4-6 pm (Helsinki time/EET) via zoom.


Commentaries by

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University.

Nehal Bhuta holds the Chair of Public International Law at University of Edinburgh and is Co-Director of the Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law

Panel discussants

Annabel Brett is Professor of Political Thought and History, and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. She is a leading historian of late medieval and early modern political thought, with a particular interest in natural law and the law of nations.

Megan Donaldson is a Lecturer of public international law at the University College London with a specific focus on public international law, its theory and history. She has published on nineteenth and twentieth-century

shifts in treaty-making, statehood and international organisations.

Martti Koskenniemi is Emeritus Professor of international law and director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. He is a leading critical scholar of the theory and history of international law. His works are studied by lawyers, historians and international relations scholars across the world.


The event will be chaired by Pamela Slotte, Professor of Religion and Law at Åbo University and Vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives at the University of Helsinki.

To attend the launch, please register via the e-form the latest by 27 January (6 pm EET).

The zoom link will be sent the latest three days before the event.

Book description

Historians of political thought and international lawyers have both expanded their interest in the formation of the present global order. History, Politics, Law is the first express encounter between the two disciplines, juxtaposing their perspectives on questions of method and substance. The essays throw light on their approaches to the role of politics and the political in the history of the world beyond the single polity. They discuss the contrast between practice and theory as well as the role of conceptual and contextual analyses in both fields. Specific themes raised for both disciplines include statehood, empires and the role of international institutions, as well as the roles of economics, innovation and gender. The result is a vibrant cross-section of contrasts and parallels between the methods and practices of the two disciplines, demonstrating the many ways in which both can learn from each other.

The book is now available at the CUP website.