Earlier this month, I was delighted to participate in the Transnational Law Institute’s Signature Conference, “Jessup’s Bold Proposal: Engagements with ‘Transnational Law’ after Sixty Years”. The conference marked 60 years since Philip Jessup, the American law professor, judge and diplomat, delivered a series of lectures setting out the concept of “transnational law”, and featured diverse presentations on Jessup’s work and on the contests over “transnational law” in the decades since. The full report of the conference is online here.

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In my presentation, on the theme of “Jessup at the United Nations: International Legacy, Transnational Possibilities”, I discussed the interplay between Jessup’s diplomatic experience and his formulation of transnational law and the relevance of Jessup’s writing on transnational law to current challenges facing the UN, such as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.