“Third World Approaches to International Law: More Than An Invasive Species” – Prof. James Gathii

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm — Osgoode Hall Law School (Ignat Kaneff Building), Room 1003

The International Law in the Global South Research Seminar Series was proud to host Professor James Gathii for its final seminar of the 2017-2018 year. Professor Gathii presented his research on “Third World Approaches to International Law: More Than An Invasive Species“, which captivated the audience in attendance. In his presentation, Professor Gathii discussed claims surrounding Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and touched on the legitimacy of the perspective as well as its implications for the study of international law. This prompted an engaging post-seminar discussion, raising questions about the future of TWAIL research and possible intersections with other areas of legal research (e.g. disability law, global administrative law). ILIGS thanks Professor Gathii for joining us and for helping us end another academic year on a high note.

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James T. Gathii has served as a professor of law and the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since July 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and Harvard Law School. He sits on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of African Law and the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, among others. His research and teaching interests are in Public International Law, International Trade Law, Third World Approaches to International Law, (TWAIL), African Constitutionalism and Human Rights. Professor Gathii is an Independent Expert of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment, and Human Rights Violations in Africa formed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He is also an expert member of the Working Group on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDRIOT). He has sat as an arbitrator in two international commercial arbitrations hosted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. He is a founding member of the Third World Approaches to International Law, (TWAIL), network. He is an elected member of the International Academy of International Law. He has consulted for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (OHCHR), and the Economic Commission for Africa, (ECA), among others. Professor Gathii is also widely published.

Watch Professor Gathii’s Lecture in the ILIGS Series Here

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