Emmanuel E. Bagenda

Emmanuel Bagenda

Emmanuel E. Bagenda

S.J.D. Candidate

ebagenda at law.harvard.edu





"International Law, Development Economics, and Third World Sovereignty: Squaring the Triangle"

While conventional narratives on statehood and sovereignty are largely confined to the disciplines of international law and international relations, recent expressions of the concept (both formal and informal) cannot be fully understood without venturing into ‘unconventional’ disciplinary terrain. Emergent articulations of sovereignty are, for instance, shaped significantly by economic theory, and more specifically, the enduring tug-of-war between market-based governance and bureaucratic regulation. My research project builds on this recognition by proposing a re-conceptualization of sovereignty that takes account of theoretical currents beyond international law, especially those in the field of development economics. I particularly hope to re-configure existing formulations under international law and international relations with ones taken from economic theory (as applied to the developing world). Ultimately, I intend to highlight the dialectic between formal statehood under international law and informal expressions of statehood under other disciplines.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • "International Law and Third World Development", with Professor William Alford, Harvard Law School, Overall Faculty Supervisor
  • "The Political Theory of the State and its Evolution Through Different Traditions", with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
  • "Tracking Sovereignty’s Conceptual Journey: From International Law to Development Economics", with Professor David Kennedy, Harvard Law School
  • "Economic Growth, Governance, and State Failure in Sub-Saharan Africa", with Professor Robert Bates, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

First Year Reading Lists for the Above Fields

Additional Research Interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Trade Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2006-Present
  • University of Toronto, Canada, LL.M, 2005
  • University of Teramo, Italy, LL.M. 2002
  • Law Development Centre, Uganda, Diploma in Legal Practice, 2000
  • University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania, LL.B., 1998

Appointments and Fellowships

  • May - August 2006, Lecturer in Law, Nkumba University, Uganda
  • 2004, Fellow of the International Summer School on Forced Migration, University of Oxford, England

Representative Publications

Additional Information

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