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Martti Koskenniemi

William D. Zabel ‘61 Visiting Professor in Human Rights


Martti Koskenniemi
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Martti Koskenniemi is Professor Emeritus of International law at the University of Helsinki. He has been member of the Finnish diplomatic service and of the International Law Commission (UN). He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as diplomat with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1978-1994) and been a judge with the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank. He was a member of the International Law Commission (UN) in 2002-2006. He has been Hauser Global Visiting Professor of Law at NYU since 1997 and had several visiting professorships across the world, among them Arthur Goodhart Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge in 2008-9 and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics in 2012-2015. He has received an honorary doctorate from the universities of Uppsala, McGill, Frankfurt, Tartu and the European University Institute (EUI, Florence). His main publications include From Apology to Utopia; The Structure of International Legal Argument (1989/2005), The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 (2001) and To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth: Legal Imagination and International Power (2021).