Reaffirming its place as world-leading place to study and research international law, Edinburgh Law School has recruited two new senior faculty specializing in international law and global governance.
Professor Nehal Bhuta joins Edinburgh as Chair of International Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he was Professor of Public International Law. Professor Andrew Lang joined the Law School in 2017 as Chair of International Law and Global Governance, having been Professor of Law at the London School of Economics.
Both scholars are committed to innovative, interdisciplinary research and teaching, and will build on Edinburgh Law School’s existing strengths as a renowned institution for the study of international and global law.
Lang, a specialist in international trade law, is concerned with the role of international law and lawyers in the making of modern global markets – and whether legal expertise can be a means of re-making the market in the interests of a more inclusive and equitable global economic order.
On joining the Edinburgh Law School, Lang said
“Edinburgh Law School is an ideal place to explore the ways in which we can make a fair, dynamic and democratic global economy. It holds a unique position in the history of international economic thought, and a contemporary reputation for dynamic and engaged intellectual activity. I am excited by the possibilities of collaborating with public lawyers, international relations scholars, sociologists - as well as government and industry – in exploring these issues.
Edinburgh is an incredibly attractive place for me, not only professionally but personally. It is a wonderful university, set in a beautiful city, inhabited by friendly Scots. What's not to like? My family and I are hugely excited about our new lives here.”
Professor Andrew Lang
Bhuta, whose research concerns topics from the regulation of autonomous weapons systems to state-making and state-building in international law, is interested in the ways that we increasingly try to turn local political order into a problem for experts to manage – and whether there might be better approaches to supporting political problem solving through international institutions. He is also interested in the global governance of autonomous weapons.
“Building states and political orders has become one of the great international concerns of our time, linked with worries about terrorism, poverty, civil conflict and human rights violations. Improving our approach to such ‘wicked problems’ requires interdisciplinary legal research, and the University of Edinburgh has an amazing range of scholars across the Law and Social Sciences, which we hope to bring together around these questions through the Edinburgh Center for International and Global Law.”
Together, Professors Bhuta and Lang will be co-directing the Scottish Centre for International Law, which will be relaunched as the Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law (ECIGL). The new centre will highlight and promote the exciting and distinctive work on global governance issues being carried out in the School of Law, as well as exploring collaborative projects with scholars from other schools across the University of Edinburgh and beyond.
Professor Nehal Bhuta
On developing the ECIGL they said:
“We are proud to join an already very dynamic team at Edinburgh Law School, with an extraordinarily deep reserve of international law knowledge and scholarship, as well as excellent legal theorists working on questions of international law, internationalization of constitutional law, global law and theory, and peace settlements, to name a few. Through the new Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law, we want to build on the School’s reputation as an international hub for creative and cutting edge work on global governance. We hope to take the Centre forward as a dynamic and exciting intellectual space, creating a dialogue addressing the present crucial questions in the field and producing high-quality scholarship of wider relevance to a broader public.”