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June 11, 2008

Teemu Ruskola

China, for Example

Tuesday, September 23
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Teemu Ruskola
Professor Law, Emory Law School

International law is a foundational element in the political ontology of the modern world. However, studies of international law approach it almost exclusively from the vantage point of Europe, with China figuring only minimally - often merely as an illustration of a larger point or a counter-example of a general principle.

In these conditions, what would it mean to analyze international law from the point of view of China, and what does its history in China mean for our understanding of international law as a transnational cultural form today? From an even more fundamental perspective, why is China always only an example, merely an instance of the particular? Is a history of China's place in the making of modern international law also only an illustration of something larger than China itself? To begin to answer these questions, this presentation will approach international law as a political and epistemological project, with deeply embedded notions of space, time, and politics.

Teemu Ruskola is Professor of Law at Emory University. Upon graduating from Yale Law School, Ruskola practised law as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, in the firm's New York and Hong Kong offices. Thereafter, he studies East Asian Studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Emory Law School faculty in 2007, Ruskola was Professor of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. He has been a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and at Cornell Law School, and served as a sabbatical visitor at Columbia Law School. During the academic year 2008-09, he is a member of the Insititute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, NJ.

Professor Ruskola's scholarhsip addresses questions of legal theory from multiple perspectives, frequently with China as a vantage point. His publications - apearing in the American Quarterly, Social Text, Michigan Law Review, Standford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among other places - explore the intersection of corporate and family law in China, "legal Orientalism," and the history and politics of Euro-American conceptions of sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific.

Posted by moyera at June 11, 2008 03:19 PM