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Dr Anne Saab, Associate Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, will be speaking about her recent article, ''Emotions and International Law'' as featured in ESIL Reflections.

Event details of Emotions and International Law
Date 17 January 2022
Time 15:30 -17:00


The study of emotions has a rich history in many disciplines, but in legal scholarship, and particularly in international legal scholarship, it remains a marginal and somewhat neglected field. This disregard for emotions does not sit easily with the various complex and pressing issues that international law aims to tackle. Counter-terrorism law, migration law, global health law, environmental law, and food safety law are not made in response only to scientific facts and evidence, but also engage with human emotions.

Dr Saab's intention in this reflection piece is not to argue precisely how and with what effect emotions influence international law and vice versa in every context. It is rather to argue that emotions influence international law, that international law influence emotions, and that international law must acknowledge and engage with emotions.


Anne Saab joined the Graduate Institute as an Assistant Professor in International Law in 2015. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021 and has been serving as Co-Director of the LL.M. in International Law programme since 2018. Anne obtained a PhD in International Law from the London School of Economics in 2015, an LL.M. from King’s College London in 2009, and an LLB from Leiden University in 2008. Her areas of interest and expertise include food and agriculture, climate change, intellectual property law and more recently, emotions and international law. Her first monograph entitled, Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Prior to entering academia, Anne worked as a legal advisor and policy officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Economic Affairs and at the Foreign Office in The Hague.