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"Life After the 'Indispensable Nation': Rethinking Global Governance" - Henry Lovat (University of Glasgow)

Henry Lovat
Henry Lovat
School of Law
University of Glasgow
Peabody Hall, Room 115 and online (register in advance at:
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The US was instrumental in establishing many of the international institutions and regimes that have structured and helped manage international relations in the post-Cold War era. Recent years, however, have seen growing American wariness of – and in some cases hostility towards - these same regimes and institutions across sectors ranging from economic governance to human rights. Reflecting on the character and potential implications of US hesitancy towards key elements of the liberal international order, this talk forms part of an ongoing project to rethink global governance following a difficult decade for the liberal international order - what might “life after the ‘Indispensable Nation’” look like?

Dr Henry Lovat joined the University of Glasgow as a post-doctoral Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in 2017. He has degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PhD, International Relations), University of Toronto (LLM), McGill University (MA Political Science), and the University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics), and was formerly a legal adviser with the UK Government and British Business Bank. Before this he was in private practice as an English-qualified solicitor. Henry has also worked as an international legal consultant with the Council of Europe, various United Nations bodies, and UK and international NGOs.

His research interests span International Law and International Relations. He has published on the political origins of the international treaty rules regulating the conduct of internal armed conflict (CUP, 2020) as well as on the efficacy of international tribunals (with a focus on the European Court of Human Rights), and the interplay of legal and political issues in the operation of the International Criminal Court and WTO Appellate Body. His current research focuses on the politics of international order, investigating the causes and manifestations of political backlash against international institutions, particularly international tribunals, and identifying options available to international and domestic actors to address this tendency.

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