Ingo Venzke


Ingo Venzke is Professor of International Law and Social Justice at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). In the past, he served, inter alia, as Hauser Research Scholar at New York University and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. His work focuses on different dimensions of sustainability as well as the theory and practice of interpretation in international law. His recent attention goes to critical moments in the history of international law and the role of international law in creating the conditions for social (in)justice. His monographs include How Interpretation Makes International Law: On Semantic Change and Normative Twists (2012) and In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication (together with Armin von Bogdandy, 2014). Recently he edited Contingency in International Law: On the Possibilities of Different Legal Histories (together with Kevin Jon Heller, 2021). At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Ingo Venzke contributes to the programmes "The Foundations of Value and Values" and “The Future of Democracy”.

Selected Publications

  • "The Law of the Global Economy and the Spectre of Inequality" 9 London Review of International Law 111-134, 2021
  • Co-editor of “Contingency in International Law: On the Possibility of Different Legal Histories”, Oxford University Press, 2021, together with Kevin Jon Heller
  • "Possibilities of the Past? The History of the NIEO and the Travails of Critique", 20 Journal of the History of International Law 263-302, 2018
  • "Cracking the Frame? On the Prospects of Change in a World of Struggle", 27 European Journal of International Law 831-851, 2016
  • Co-author of "In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication", Oxford University Press, 2014, together with Armin von Bogdandy; translated from German: “In wessen Namen? Internationale Gerichte in Zeiten globalen Regierens", Suhrkamp, 2012
  • "How Interpretation Makes International Law", Oxford University Press, 2012
  • "Ethos, Ethics and Morality in International Relations" Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, 2009 (together with Jochen von Bernstorff).


What gives you hope?

Goosebumps in the experience of beauty.

How does change happen?

By working with the contradictions of society. And not without hope.

What inspires you?

Defiance. Also from my daughter, in principle.


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