Joseph Raz and International Law: An Unfinished Journey

Joseph Raz was one of the most influential legal and political philosophers who ever lived, and his passing in May 2022 marked the end of an epoch. The breadth and depth of his philosophical legacy is unmatched, and yet, unlike many influential legal philosophers (such as HLA Hart or Hans Kelsen), Raz left very few writings that deal with jurisprudential questions of international law. Why is that? And how can we draw on Raz’s ideas about human rights, the concept of a legal system, authority, normativity, and so on, to enrich the philosophy of international law?


  • Samantha Besson, Collège de France
  • Basak Çali, Hertie School
  • Basak Etkin (moderator), Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
  • Kostia Gorobets, University of Groningen
  • Adil Haque (moderator), Rutgers University
  • Miodrag Jovanovic, University of Belgrade

This session is organized by ASIL’s International Legal Theory Interest Group and Borderline Jurisprudence, a podcast on philosophy of international law.