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Umut Özsu

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Alberta); M.A., J.D., LL.M., S.J.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3682
Email:Umut.Ozsu@carleton.ca
Office:D498 LA (Loeb Building)

Umut Özsu is a scholar of public international law and the history and theory of international law, with a particular focus on questions of economic development and international human rights. He works mainly on issues relating to decolonization, nation-building, and humanitarian intervention, drawing from economic history, historical sociology, and socio-legal studies in addition to positive law.

Umut’s first book, Formalizing Displacement: International Law and Population Transfers, situated “population transfer” within the broader history of international law by examining the 1922–34 exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey—the first legally structured large-scale “experiment” in compulsory population exchange in modern international history. Umut is currently completing a second book. Under contract with Cambridge University Press and entitled Completing Humanity: The International Law of Decolonization, this book examines the legal dimensions of the post-1945 wave of decolonization in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Caribbean, focusing on the work of international lawyers hailing from socialist and non-aligned states. It will be published in 2020. Umut is in the final stages of co-editing The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics, which will be published by Routledge in 2019, and also in the process of co-editing the Research Handbook on Law and Marxism, which will be published by Edward Elgar in 2020.

Umut is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, sits on the board of advisory editors of the London Review of International Law, and is part of the editorial team for the forthcoming thirteen-volume Cambridge History of International Law.

For further information, including a full curriculum vitae, please see here.

Principal publications

Books

Formalizing Displacement: International Law and Population Transfers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Edited volumes and special issues

The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (London: Routledge, 2019). [Edited with Daniel S. Margolies, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala; forthcoming.]

“International Legal Histories of the Ottoman Empire” 18 (2016) Journal of the History of International Law 1–145. [Symposium issue co-edited and introduced with Thomas Skouteris.]

Book chapters

“Ottoman International Law?” in Michael Christopher Low and Lâle Can, eds., The Subjects of Ottoman International Law (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019) [4000 words; forthcoming].

“Legal Form” in Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh, eds., Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019) [6500 words; forthcoming].

“Determining New Selves: Mohammed Bedjaoui on Algeria, Western Sahara, and Post-Classical International Law” in Jochen von Bernstorff and Philipp Dann, eds., The Battle for International Law in the Decolonization Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) [8000 words; forthcoming].

“Emotional Restraint as Legalist Internationalism: Egon Schwelb’s Liberalism After the Fall” in Moria Paz and James Loeffler, eds., The Law of Strangers: Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) [3000 words; forthcoming].

“Neoliberalism and the New International Economic Order: A History of ‘Contemporary Legal Thought’” in Christopher L. Tomlins and Justin Desautels-Stein, eds., Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 330–47.

“‘Let us first of all have unity among us’: Bandung, International Law, and the Empty Politics of Solidarity” in Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri, and Vasuki Nesiah, eds., Bandung, Global History, and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) 293–307.

“An Anti-Imperialist Universalism? Jus Cogens and the Politics of International Law” in Martti Koskenniemi, Walter Rech, and Manuel Jiménez Fonseca, eds., International Law and Empire: Historical Comparisons (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 295–313.

“The Ottoman Empire, the Origins of Extraterritoriality, and International Legal Theory” in Florian Hoffmann and Anne Orford, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 123–37.

“From the ‘Semi-Civilized State’ to the ‘Emerging Market’: Remarks on the International Legal History of the Semi-Periphery” in Ugo Mattei and John D. Haskell, eds., Research Handbook on Political Economy and Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015) 246–59.

“Ottoman Empire” in Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) 429–48.

Journal articles

“Rendering Sovereignty Permanent? The Multiple Legacies of the New International Economic Order” [2019] European Yearbook of International Economic Law [11000 words; forthcoming].

“Grabbing Land Legally—A Marxist Analysis” 32 (2019) Leiden Journal of International Law [14000 words; forthcoming].

“Neoliberalism and Human Rights: The Brandt Commission and the Struggle to Make a New World” 81 (2018) Law and Contemporary Problems 101-27.

“Humanitarian Intervention Today” 55 (2019) [2018] Socialist Register 271-88.

“Ottoman International Law?” 3 (2016) Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 369–76.

“Ukraine, International Law, and the Political Economy of Self-Determination” 16 (2015) German Law Journal 434–51.

“‘In the interests of mankind as a whole’: Mohammed Bedjaoui’s New International Economic Order” 6 (2015) Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 129–43.

“International Legal Fields” 5 (2014) Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 277–92.

“‘A thoroughly bad and vicious solution’: Humanitarianism, the World Court, and the Modern Origins of Population Transfer” 1 (2013) London Review of International Law 99–127.

“Politis and the Limits of Legal Form” 23 (2012) European Journal of International Law 243–53.

“Fabricating Fidelity: Nation-Building, International Law, and the Greek–Turkish Population Exchange” 24 (2011) Leiden Journal of International Law 823–47.

“Agency, Universality, and the Politics of International Legal History” 51 (2010) Harvard International Law Journal Online 58–72.

“The Question of Form: Methodological Notes on Dialectics and International Law” 23 (2010) Leiden Journal of International Law 687–707.

“‘Receiving’ the Swiss Civil Code: Translating Authority in Early Republican Turkey” 6 (2010) International Journal of Law in Context 63–89.

“De-territorializing and Re-territorializing Lotus: Sovereignty and Systematicity as Dialectical Nation-Building in Early Republican Turkey” 22 (2009) Leiden Journal of International Law 29–49.