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In Paris: Berman Gives Book Talk on 'Passions et Ambivalences'

April 13, 2010

Last month, a conference was held in Paris on Passions et Ambivalences:  Le Colonialisme, le Nationalisme et le Droit International (Paris: Pedone 2008) by Nathaniel Berman, Rahel Varnhagen Professor at the Watson Institute.

The conference was co-sponsored by the Ecole de Droit and the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po, Nosophi ("Normes, Sociétés, Philosophies") of University of Paris-I, the CERDIN (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche en Droit International) of University of Paris-I, and the Editions Pédone.

The conference was organized by Emmanuelle Jouannet of Paris-I and Mikhail Xifaras of Sciences Po. The event began with a talk by Professor Berman, who gave an overview of the book, and discussed its relationship to his new research.

Berman's talk was followed by four speakers from a variety of disciplines who related the book to their own work. These speakers included:  Barbara Delcourt, a member of the political science faculty at the Université Libre de Bruxelles; Martti Koskenniemi of the faculty of law at the University of Helsinki; Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison, a historian of colonialism at the Université d'Evry; and Julie Saada, a political philosopher from the Université d'Artois.