Public Lectures and Other Events
16 May 2022: Thomas Franck Lecture by Samantha Besson
Thomas Franck Lecture
KFG Berlin Potsdam Research Group "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?"
The Berlin Potsdam Research Group "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?" hosted a public lecture by Professor Samantha Besson , Collège de France (Paris) and University of Fribourg, on
"The Public/Private Relation and International Law".
"Public-private hybridisation and the resulting privatisation of public law and, conversely, the publicisation of private law are now not only common in international law, but are also increasingly required by international law. This process of hybridisation is likely to lead, sooner or later, to the collapse of the public-private distinction. In turn, this is bound to have serious consequences for the legitimacy of both domestic and international law. Indeed, the public-private relation does not only underpin the ideal of the rule of law, but also the principles of democracy and human rights."
Samantha Besson is Professor for International Law and Institutions at the Collège de France, Paris. Previously, she was Professor for Public International Law and European Union Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where she is still a part-time Professor. She holds degrees from the Universities of Fribourg, Vienna, Oxford and Bern. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Zurich, Duke, Lausanne, Lisbon, Harvard and Penn. She has also taught for the Hague Academy of International Law. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Advanced Study of Nantes. She is also a member of the Board of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research interests pertain to general international law, EU institutional law, human rights law and theory, and democratic theory.
Watch the video of the lecture here.