SOAS University of London

Colonialism, Empire and International Law

Nathaniel Berman

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Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law

Professorial Research Associate

Professor Nathaniel Berman


Nathaniel Berman teaches public international law, European Union law, international trade law, and human rights at Brooklyn Law School. Prior to joining the Brooklyn faculty in 2002, he taught at Northeastern University School of Law for 12 years.

Professor Berman's scholarship focuses on the relationship between nationalism, colonialism, and international law. He has written on international legal responses to conflicts ranging from Upper Silesia and Morocco in the 1920s to Bosnia and Jerusalem in the 1990s. More recently, he has turned to writing on the history and current dilemmas of the law of war, particularly as it relates to the problem of the "irregular" combatant. Professor Berman's work is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing on literary theory, cultural history, and post-colonial studies. His most recent publications include: "Intervention in a 'Divided World': Axes of Legitimacy," 17 European Journal of International Law 743 (2006); "Legitimacy through Defiance: From Goa to Iraq," 23 Wisconsin International Law Journal 93 (2005); and "Privileging Combat? Contemporary Conflict and the Legal Construction of War," 43 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 1 (2004).