Lecture on History of Commercial Law at Macaulay

Open and Closed Seas: Exploring the Origins of Modern International Commercial Law

Monday November 14th, 2016
5:30 PM


Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York will welcome Mark Somos, Lecturer in Political Science and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions. Mark will speak about the concept of a “closed sea,” how it has facilitated imperialism throughout history and informs today’s climate of international capitalism. (Witness recent events in the South China Sea.)

Students interested in international law, political science, diplomacy, conflict resolution and human rights should not miss this event.

The evening will include a brief lecture, Q & A session and buffet dinner. The event is free and all are welcome.

Mark holds a BA in History and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge, an AM in Government and Social Policy and a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University, an LLM in International Security and Law from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Law from Leiden University. Before joining Yale, Mark was a Leverhulme Fellow at Sussex, a Rechtskulturen Fellow sponsored by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin at Humboldt University Law School, and Research Director at Harvard’s E.J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Mark has taught courses at Harvard, Sussex, Tufts and Yale on leadership, American political thought, the crusades, international ethics, and the history and theory of democracy, revolutions, and human rights. His first book, Secularisation and the Leiden Circle, was published by Brill in 2011. His papers on international law, the intersections of science and law, and intellectual history appeared in edited volumes and the Journal of the History of International Law, Grotiana, Print Quarterly, Social History of Medicine, Storia del pensiero politico, and the History of European Ideas. @msomos

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