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ProfessorMurry and Ida Becker Professor of Law
Chair, Graduate Division
New York University School of Law
Institute for International Law and Justice
New York University
Benedict Kingsbury is Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law. He also directs NYU Law School's Program in the History and Theory of International Law, with Global Professor Martti Koskenniemi; and he co-directs the Global Administrative Law Project with Richard B. Stewart. He became Chair of the Law School's Graduate Division in 2007.
After completing his LL.B. with first class honors at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1981, Professor Kingsbury was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1984 he graduated at the top of his class in the M.Phil in International Relations at Oxford, supervised by the distinguished theorist Hedley Bull. He subsequently completed a D.Phil in Law at Oxford, supervised by Chichele Professor Ian Brownlie QC, and thereafter held a permanent teaching position in the Law Faculty at Oxford before moving to Duke University in 1993. Kingsbury has been on the permanent faculty at the Law School since 1998. He served for 10 years on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law, and was awarded the Journal's Deak Prize for the best article by a younger scholar. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Centro Internazionale di Studi Gentiliani, and of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, the Indigenous Law Journal, the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law. He served on the program committee for the American Society of International Law's centennial meeting.
Kingsbury's research and publications reflect a strong commitment to a broad, theoretically-grounded approach to international law, closely integrating work in legal theory, political theory (including international relations theory), and history. He has sought to make an ethical case for sovereignty and for a critical positivism in international law. He is prominent among legal scholars who have argued for the importance and explanatory power of constructivist approaches to concepts such as "compliance" and "indigenous peoples." In works on the Grotian tradition in international law, and on such writers as Alberico Gentili and Lassa Oppenheim, he has traced the role of particular theories of international society and international politics in the history of international law. With NYU colleague Richard Stewart, he initiated and directs the IILJ's Global Administrative Law Research Project, a pioneering approach to issues of accountability and participation in global governance.
Kingsbury has written on a range of specific contemporary international law topics, extending from trade-environment disputes and the United Nations to interstate arbitration and the proliferation of international tribunals. He has had extensive academic and practical involvement with issues relating to indigenous peoples.
Kingsbury has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Tokyo Law Faculty, the University of Padua, and the University of Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). He was the inaugural Caldwell Lecturer at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, and was the New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow in 2003.
Krisch, Nico, and Benedict Kingsbury. 2006. “Introduction: Global Governance and Global Administrative Law in the International Legal Order.” The European Journal of International Law 17:1-13.