Oxonian at BYU Law

October 17, 2005

No, not me. This is someone important. Dr. Stefan Talmon, a German barrister and University Lecturer in Public International Law and Tutorial Fellow, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, will be speaking on October 18th at 12:00 pm in the Moot Court room at the BYU Law School on the topic of “The U.N. Security Council as a Global Legislator.” This lecture derives from his recent law review article The Security Council as World Legislature, American Journal of International Law 99 (2005), pp. 175-193. I will try to make it since this is one of my primary interests in the field of law and relates somewhat to my own law review comment about the countermajoritarian difficulty and the international criminal court (2003), in which I specifically examine the role of international tribunals as super-legislatures.

Dr. Talmon, for his part, does not “believe in theory for theory’s sake. In fact, theory, more often than not, not only fails to enhance the understanding of a problem but creates a tertium quid which stands, like a bank of fog on a still day, between the observer and the contours of the ground which call for investigation.” This is an interesting perspective, and one which I am eager to see him apply to the topic of international policy, adjudication, and legislation.