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Harold Jacobson Lecture in International Law

About the series

The Harold Jacobson Lecture was established in 2002 to honor Harold Jacobson, former director of the Center for Political Studies. “Jake” was best known for his work in international law and cooperation. The Harold Jacobson Lecture is an annual event to celebrate Jake’s contribution to the Center for Political Studies and to the study of international organization, international law, foreign policy, and the environment. 

The lecture occurs every other year in the fall. The Harold Jacobson Lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Political Studies and the Department of Political Science.


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Past lectures in this series

Paul Diehl, October 25, 2018
“Networks of Interdependence, International Organizations and the Global Political System: A Retrospective Prospective”

Duncan Snidal, October 27, 2016
“International Organizations at Middle Age” 
View photos of 2016 lecture

James D. Fearon, March 10, 2016 (rescheduled from Oct 2015)
“Does Contemporary Armed Conflict Have “Deep Historical Roots?” 
View photos of 2015 lecture

David A. Lake, October 23, 2014
“The Statebuilder’s Dilemma: Legitimacy, Loyalty, and the Limits of External Intervention” 
View photos of 2014 lecture 

David G. Victor, October 24, 2013
“The Global Climate Crisis: Will International Cooperation be Effective?” 
View photos of 2013 lecture 

Helen Milner, October 18, 2012
“Sailing the Water’s Edge: Where Domestic Politics Meets Foreign Policy” 
View photos of 2012 lecture 

Jeffry Frieden, October 6, 2011
“The Current Crisis: Analysis and Implications”


Lars-Erik Cederman, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and Detlef Sprinz, October 21, 2010
“The Future of International Relations”


Beth Simmons, October 22, 2009
“Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics”


Michael W. Doyle, October 23, 2008
“The United Nations: A Global Constitution?”


Robert Keohane, October 18, 2007
“Voice, Exit, Loyalty, and the Reform of Multilateral Institutions.”


Jack L. Snyder, 2006
“Trials and Errors: Strategies for the Rule of Law.”


David Kay, October 20, 2005
“What is the Future of Non-Proliferation?”


Edith Brown Weiss, February 3, 2005
“Making International Financial Institutions Accountable.”


Kathryn Sikkink, January 28, 2004
“Beyond the Boomerang: International Relations Theory and Foreign Human Rights Trials.”


Anne-Marie Slaughter, November 14, 2002
“A New World Order: Global Governance through Government Networks.”


Charlotte Ku, January 24, 2002
“Global Governance and the Changing Face of International Law.”