David Kennedy: Speeches and Presentations

Speeches and Presentations

  • Conference Convener, "Global Legal Thought: The Legacies of Heterdoxy," Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, June 3, 2014.



  • Remarks, "Critique and Speculation," "Heterodox Innovations and Development Pathways: Mapping, Method, and Critique" Workshop [IGLP ProSeminar], Sciences Po, Paris, France, May 18, 2014.



  • Plenary Remarks, "Globalization and Legal Education," Law and Boundaries Annual International Conference, Sciences Po, Paris, France, May 19 & 20, 2014.



  • Remarks, "Law and Global Political Economy," Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, NY, March 28, 2014.



  • Remarks, "Global Governance and Political Economy,” Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, March 26, 2014.



  • Remarks, "Global Governance and Political Economy” Workshop, Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, LA, February 26, 2014.



  • Remarks, “The Global Context for Risk Management," 7th Annual PwC Global Economic Crime Survey Roundtable, New York, NY, February 19, 2014.



  • Plenary Remarks,"Heterodoxy in International Law & Policy," 2014 IGLP Workshop, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar, January 3, 2014.



  • “Rule of Law and Economic Development after 2015: The Importance of Choices," “Investing in the Rule of Law, Justice and Security for the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, Thailand Institute of Justice, Bangkok, Thailand, November 15-16, 2013.



  • “Fostering Peace and Development," “Dialogue on Diversity, Peace and Diplomacy”, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Putrajaya, Malaysia, November 11, 2013.



  • Opening Remarks/Keynote speaker, LANDS Conference, FGV Law School, São Paulo, Brazil, July 1-4, 2013.



  • Panel, “International Law and Global Political Economy,” "Power, Privilege and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times," 2013 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Boston, MA, June 1, 2013.



  • Opening remarks, “Formulating a Global Agenda, Next Left: Framing a New Narrative," FEPS Conference, IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, May 9-11, 2013.



  • Remarks, ARPC Council Meeting, Beijing, China, April 23-25, 2013.



  • Speaker, “American Conference Institute's 29th National Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY, April 16-17, 2013.



  • Moderator, “Koskenniemi Workshop: “Does International Law Needs a 'Progressive' Idea of History?” Temple University, Philadelphia PA, April 12-13, 2013.



  • Keynote Panel, “Reducing Poverty and Inequality: Persistent Challenges and New Solutions,” The Lauder Institute and the Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, April 11-12, 2013.



  • Interview, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington DC, March 28, 2013.



  • "Critical Approaches to International Law and Warfare", The American University in Cairo, Egypt, March 10, 2013.



  • “Global Governance for the Political Economy of Today”, Rafael del Pino Foundation, Madrid, Spain, February 21, 2013. [Transcript]



  • “Risk Management and Corporate Anti-Corruption Compliance Strategies -- A Discussion with Dr. David Kennedy”, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., February 14, 2013.



  • “Critical Legal Scholarship”, Birkbeck Law School, London, January 24, 2013.



  • “Law and Global Political Economy", IGLP Workshop, Doha, Qatar, January 11, 2013.



  • ”American Legal Thought", lectures presented at the Garrigues law firm, Barcelona and Madrid, September 20-21, 2012.



  • Remarks, at Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council Preparatory Meeting, Bangkok, September 4, 2012.



  • Remarks, at "Development Strategies in the Emerging Markets of the ASEAN Region", IGLP-Visa Roundtable, Bangkok, August 30-31, 2012.



  • ”The American Approach to Global Law and Policy” and “International Economic Regulation”, lectures in the International Business Law Program, presented at Garrigues law firm, Madrid, July 3-5, 2012.



  • ”Development Policy, Global Governance & the New Development State”, presented at the conference “Global Governance: Critical Legal Perspectives" Liber Amicorum David M. Trubek, at European University Institute, Florence, June 28, 2012.



  • Opening Remarks, Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, June 5-8, 2012.



  • ”Remarks, at Private International Law as Global Governance Meeting, Sciences Po, Paris, May 10-11, 2012.



  • Remarks, at the Doctoral Research Workshop, Kings College, London, April 24, 2012.



  • ”Political Economy & Center-Periphery Dynamics in International Law”, at ”The International Graduate Legal Research Conference (IGLRC), Kings College, London, April 19-24, 2012.



  • Remarks, at ”The European Legal Project: New Approaches”, Institute for Global Law and Policy, April 12-13, 2012.



  • Remarks, at ”Policy Workshop: Global Liquidity and Capital as Legal Institutions” Institute for Global Law and Policy, March 30, 2012.



  • Remarks, “Law, Between Theory and Critique", Sciences Po, Paris, March 22-23, 2012.



  • Remarks, ”Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Borders, Connections, Conflicts,” NYU Conference on Human Rights, Remarque Institute, New York, March 9, 2012.



  • ”On Property Rights and Development”, at ”Property Rights and the Human Rights Agenda”, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, March 2, 2012.



  • Keynote Address Podcast, International Law and the Periphery Conference, Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2012.



  • Panel Discussion at the Contemporary International Law Workshop at the Ph.D. Seminar at The University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Center for International Law on January 18, 2012.



  • Panel Remarks at the Welsh Center for International Affairs, presented at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff on January 16, 2012.



  • Remarks on Emerging Market Investment at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC conference in Boston on December 14, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks at the Launching of the Design Exchange Chair's Forum - Occupied Economies, presented at the Design Center in Toronto on November 18, 2011.



  • Global Governance and Political Economy, presented as part of the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative and the Gallatin Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, New University, New York, NY, November 10, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks on Humanitarian Space: Less Geography than Strategy and Humanitarian Compromise: A Debate, presented at the 13th annual Humanitarian Congress: Theory and Praxis of Humanitarian Assistance, Berlin Germany, October 27-28, 2011.



  • Opening Remarks for "Insights on the Future of Libya", panel presented at the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World, Dead Sea, Jordan, October 23, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks Development Strategies for Economies in Transition at the session on "The Economics of Transition" presented at the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World, Dead Sea, October 23, 2011.



  • American Legal Thought: A Historical Survey, lectures presented at the Garrigues law firm in Barcelona and Madrid, September 22-23, 2011.



  • Busting Bribery: Sustaining the Global Momentum of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, remarks on a reported prepared for the Open Society Institute, Congressional Briefing, Washington DC, September 15, 2011.



  • The Rise of Asia….Or of Political Economy? presented at the conference Asia in the Next Decade, hosted by the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs Foundation and Chulalongkorn University, August 24, 2011.



  • Risk Management: Lessons from Crisis, presented at the PwC Global Seminar “Towards a Future for Japan” in Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2011.



  • The American Approach to Global Law and Policy, presented at the Centro de Estudios Garrigues International Business Law Program, Madrid, Spain, July, 12, 2011.



  • Managing International Currency Risk in the Euro Zone, presented at a World Economic Forum at the Center for European Policy, Brussels, Belgium, on June 30, 2011.



  • Expertise as Governance, presented at the Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, June 2, 2011.



  • "Some Caution About Property Rights as a Recipe for Economic Development", presented at the World Bank, Washington D.C., May 26, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks on Anti Corruption Efforts and the UN Convention Against Corruption, presented at the International Workshop on the Development of Academic Anti-Corruption, Northeastern University on May 23, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks on Indigenous Rights and International Law, presented at the University of Texas School of Law, May 6, 2011.



  • Global Governance and Economic Development, presented at World Economic Forum Tackling Global Challenges through International Law, held at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on April 29, 2011.



  • Global Governance and Regulatory Processes, presented at the Pricewaterhouse Coopers lunch lecture series, Boston, Massachusetts, April 29,2011.



  • Global Governance: Where is Global Public Policy to be Found?, presented at the University of Colorado Law School, April 15, 2011.



  • Global Risk Management, presented at the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Meeting, New York, NY, April 7, 2011.



  • Global Regulation and Governance; What Harvard Law School is doing in the Area, presented at the Harvard Law School Association of Germany, Frankfurt, Germany, March 26, 2011.



  • Foundations of American Legal Thought, presented at Sciences Po Law School, Paris France, February 4-5, 2011.



  • Panel Remarks on Confidentiality or Transparency: The Wikileaks Dilemma, at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 26, 2011.



  • Panel Discussion on Question Time International program, Moderated by BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, January 11, 2011.



  • "Global Governance for the Political Economy of Today" presented at the World Economic Forum's Summit on the Global Agenda, Dubai, United Arab Emeriates, November 29, 2010. Professor Kennedy also presented this work at:



  • Panel Discussion at the World Economic Forum on Design and Global Challenges, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 14, 2010.



  • Remarks at the Kurdistan Region Trade and Investment Conference, London, United Kingdom, June 16, 2010.



  • Participation at the World Economic Forum Global Redesign Summit, Doha, Qatar, May 30-31, 2010.


  • Delivered commentaries in the following sessions: Directed the session:

  • Participation at the "The Future of European Legal Culture," in the Univeristy of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, May 12, 2010.



  • Introductory remarks on panel "Social Rights as Human Rights."



  • Roundtable on Interdisciplinary Research on International Justice, presented at the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 9, 2010.



  • Interview, "Of War and Law" with Dr. Catriona Drew (International Law Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), January 26th, 2010.



  • Remarks, presented at the Evaluating Critical Approaches to International Law Workshop at the Universite Paris I, Paris, France, December 11-12, 2009.



  • Remarks, presented at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda, Dubai, United Arab Emierates, November 20-22, 2009.



  • Remarks, presented at the Task Force on New Regulatory Models After the Crisis, University of Peking, Beijing, China, October 29-30, 2009.



  • "Modern War and Modern Law" presented at the Suffolk Transnational Law Review Distinguished Speaker Series, Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA, October, 14, 2009. Click HERE to listen to this speech.

  • Remarks, at the UCL Jurisprudence Review Launch, presented at the University College of London, London, England, October 9, 2009.

  • The "Rule of Law," Political Choices, and Development Common Sense, presented at the Legal Theory Workshop at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, October 1, 2009.

  • Global Governance Today, a lecture series presented at the Garrigues law firm in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, September, 2009.

  • Remarks, presented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China, September 10-12, 2009.



  • Opening Statement: “The Rule of Law at the International Level” presented at United Nations, New York, NY, June 15, 2009.



  • Remarks, presented at the conference, Human Rights at UT: A Diaogue at the Intersection of Academics and Advocacy, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, March 26, 2009.



  • After Human Rights: International Humanism after the Fall of Innocents, presented at the Minerva Biennial Conference on Human Righs in Israel, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 9, 2008.



  • The Mystery of Global Governance, presented at the World Economic Forum's Summit on the Global Agenda, Dubai, United Arab Emeriates, November 8, 2008.



  • Remarks, presented at the Conference on Legal Arguments in Debates on War and Peace, The Danish Institute for Military Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 6, 2008.



  • Remarks, presented at the World Public Forum's Dialogue of Civilizations Meeting, Rhodes, Greece, October 10, 2008.



  • The History of American Legal Thought, a lecture series presented at the Garrigues law firm in Madrid and Alicante, Spain, September, 2008.



  • Concluding Remarks presented at the New perspectives on Law and Development Conference, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá D.C, Colombia, August 22, 2008.



  • American Legal Thought, a lecture course presented at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, June 27-29, 2008.



  • Legal and Economic Ideas About Development, presented at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England, June 24, 2008.



  • Roundtable on Recent Developments in International Legal Theory, presented at the Australia National University, Canberra, Australia, June 2, 2008.



  • Workshop for senior command officers of the Australian Defense Forces on the use of law in military operations, Canberra, Australia, June 3, 2008.



  • Remarks presented at the Melbourne University seminar and roundtable on the Role of Law in Military Decision Making, Melbourne, Australia, May 27, 2008.



  • Of War and Law, presented at the International Legal Theory Colloquium, Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C., February 1, 2008. This work was also the subject of a roundtable workshop at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, May 21, 2008.



  • Law and Economic Development: Toward a New Alliance, presented at the International Inequality Conference, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, April 4, 2008.



  • “The Mystery of Global Governance” presented at the Sawyer Seminar, University of Minnesota Law School, February 28, 2008.

  • Professor Kennedy also presented this work at:


  • Remarks, China Task Force Meeting , Manchester Business School, Manchester, England, July 4, 2007.



  • Law and Development Projects in Brazil and Beyond, Harvard Law School Alumni Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 31, 2007.



  • Remarks, Law and Development in Brazil Conference , Faculdade de Direito da USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 30, 2007.



  • Keynote Address, at The TWAIL Conference, Albany Law School, Albany, New York, April 20, 2007.



  • Remarks at the American Society of International Law Conference "The Future of International Law," Washington, DC, March 31, 2007.



  • Remarks, \New International Law Conference, Oslo, Norway, March, 2007.



  • Interview, "Of War and Law" on BBC Television's The World, London, England, December 12, 2006.



  • "Modern War and Modern Law" presented at the Center for International and Comparative Law, Baltimore Law School, Baltimore, MD, October, 26, 2006.

  • Professor Kennedy also presented this work at:


  • Interview, "Of War and Law" on the BBC's Radio 4 Today Programme, London, England, October 20, 2006.



  • Book Discussion on "Of War and Law" presented at The Cambridge Forum, Cambridge, MA, September 28, 2006. You can view this discussuion as it was presented, HERE



  • Remarks,"International Law After the Age of Three Worlds" Conference, Washington, DC, September 15, 2006.



  • Remarks, Initiative for Policy Dialogue's China Task Force Meeting, Manchester, England, August 8 - 9, 2006.



  • Remarks, Initiative for Policy Dialogue's Financial Markets Reform Task Meeting, Manchester, England, July 25 - 27, 2006.



  • Remarks, "Law and Development Today" Conference, American University of Cairo, Egypt, May 27, 2006.



  • Remarks, "International Law: Do we Need It?," European Society of International Law Conference, Paris, France, May 20, 2006.



  • Remarks, "The Role of the International Law Scholarship in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe: From the Past to the Present and the Future" International Symposium, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, April 29, 2006.



  • Interview, "The Roundtable," WAMC Northeast Public Radio, April 12, 2006.



  • Remarks, Envisioning a More Democratic Global System symposium, Widener Law School, Wilmington, DE, April 7, 2006.



  • Book Discussion, "The Dark Sides of Virtue," American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March 30, 2006.



  • "Two Sides of the Coin: Human Rights Pragmatism and Idolatry”, The Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, Clement House, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, March 24, 2006.

  • Professor Kennedy also presented this work at:


  • Keynote Address,“One, Two, Three, Many Legal Orders: Legal Pluralism and the Cosmopolitan Dream”, International Law Association (British Branch) Spring Conference, SOAS, Brunei Gallery, London, United Kingdom, March 4, 2006.

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  • Remarks, Rebel Lawyering Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, February 25, 2006.



  • “The Secretary General as Policy Maker”, United Nations Secretary General Conference, NYU, New York, NY, February 24, 2006.



  • Panel Discussion, "Law and the Politics of Warfare", "Detainees in the Global War on Terror: Guantanamo Bay and Beyond," United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, February 1, 2006.



  • Remarks, Library of the Congress of Chile and The European Law Research Center's Comparative Law Workshop, Santiago, Chile, January 26, 2006.



  • Remarks, Sovereignty in the 21st Century Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY, December 2, 2005.



  • Remarks, "Representing Culture: Translating Human Rights" Symposium, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, November 4, 2005.



  • Remarks, Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities, City University of New York, New York, NY, October 21, 2005.



  • "Modern War and Modern Law", Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, September 23, 2005.



  • "Law as a Strategic Partner in Warfare", Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Course 05-1, US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, August 26, 2005.



  • Remarks, aHarvard Club of Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland, July 1, 2005.



  • "Reassessing The Humanitarian Promise of the International Legal Tradition", SAFA, Zurich, Switzerland, June 30, 2005.
  • Professor Kennedy also presented this work at:


  • Interview, "The Dark Sides of Virtue", Radio West, July 29, 2005. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4



  • "War and International Law: Distinguishing Military and Humanitarian Professions", United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, June 22, 2005.



  • Remarks on International Legal Scholarship,Student-Faculty Dinner on "Law & Globalization: New Directions for Legal Scholarship," Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 20, 2005.



  • Remarks, Comparative Visions of Global Public Order Symposium Dinner (Honoring Professors Henry Steiner and Detlev Vagts), Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, March 5, 2005.



  • Remarks, "New Governance Workshop," Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, February 25, 2005.



  • "Thinking Like A Lawyer: Legal Education and Legal Thought in the United States" , Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, December 17, 2004.



  • Remarks, British Institute of International Comparative Law, London, England, December 15, 2004.



  • "Political Choices and Development Common Sense", Power Law and Global Transformation workshop, University of Wisconsin, November 15, 2004.



  • "The Dark Sides of Humanitarianism: Reassessing International Humanitarianism", Jonas Bruun Law Firm, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 22, 2004.



  • “The Politics of Comparative Law,” , Conference on Comparative Methodologies, Paris, France, July 12, 2004.



  • “International Law and the Politics of Expertise,” "New Perspectives on the Divide Between International Law and National Law," Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 9, 2004.



  • “The Dark Sides of Virtue", Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY, June 30, 2004.



  • "Challenging Expert Rule: The Politics of Global Governance", The Julius Stone Address, University of Sydney Law School, June 17, 2004.
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  • "Humanitarians in the Cockpit", Faculty Roundtable, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, June, 16, 2004.



  • “Humanitarians in War", “International Law and its Others,” University of Melbourne Legal Theory Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, June 9, 2004. Forthcoming in International Law and its Others (edited by Anne Orford, Cambridge University Press).



  • "Reassessing International Humanitarianism: The Dark Sides", The Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture, University of Melbourne Law School, June 8, 2004.
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  • Chairperson, "Thinking Another World: ‘this cannot be how the world was meant to be" Conference, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, May 21, 2004.



  • “The Dark Sides of International Adjudication", University College London, London, England, May 26, 2004.



  • “Humanitarians in the Cockpit", University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, May 25, 2004.



  • “Reassessing International Humanitarianism" Workshop, HLS Association of Europe Ascension Weekend, Amboise, France, May 21-22, 2004.



  • "International Humanitarian Law", European Society of International Law Conference, Villa Law Pietra, Florence, Italy, May 15, 2004.



  • Opening Keynote, "Imperialism and International Law" Birkbeck Law School and the Foundation for New Research in International Law Joint Workshop, Birkbeck Law School, London, May 9, 2004.



  • "Humanitarians in the Cockpit: War and the Vocabulary of International Law", World Legal Orders Conference, Toronto, April 23, 2004.



  • "Memories of Law and Development", "Practice of Law & Development: Socio-Legal Approaches" conference, Cornell University, April 19, 2004.



  • "The Role of Law & Institutions in Development", "Globilization, Law & Development Conference" panel, University of Michigan Law School, April 17, 2004.



  • "The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism", Politics and International Law Colloquium Series, UCLA, April 8, 2004.



  • "Law and Human Rights", Harvard University, March 17, 2004.



  • Closing Remarks, at "Speaking Law to Power: International Law and Foreign Policy", Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium, University of Wisconsin Law School, March 6, 2004.



  • "The WTO and the Governance of International Trade", panel at the Federalist Society Symposium on Law and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University Law School, February 22, 2004.



  • "The Politics of Expertise", Northeastern University Law School, November 2003.



  • "Laws and Developments", Workshop on Globalization and Development, IMEMO Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, October 29-30, 2003.



  • "International Legal Consciousness", IIP Symposium, Vienna, Austria, October 2003.



  • "Laws and Developments", "Law and Economic Development: Critiques and Beyond," Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, October 17, 2003.