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The promise and perils of international organisations

Professor Jose Alvarez, Columbia University, will give a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 6 December. He will speak on the promise and perils of international organisations.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was intended to be a cautionary tale for those who defy collective humanitarianism in pursuit of unitary action. Although international lawyers are also proud advocates of collective humanitarianism, they, along with a growing number of critics on the left and the right, are becoming aware of the perils as well as the promise of the principal tools for the global collective: inter-governmental organisations, from those of the UN system to the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank.

Frankenstein warns us that agents may not always heed their principals. This lecture, based on a recent book, demonstrates how these organisations have re-shaped the rules of international law as well as the nation-states that have established them, and have the potential to wreak havoc on both master and servant

Jose Alvarez is Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University and president of the American Society of International Law.

Dr Gerry Simpson, Law Department, will chair this event.

The Promise and Perils of International Organisations is on Tuesday 6 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

28 November 2005