Jason Beckett

Jason Becket is Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo. His research is largely focused on public international law, and has traversed interests encompassing: The law of war, the nature of law, the creation and identification of legal norms, the redemption of the legal ideal in the face of a recalcitrant reality; refutations of the critical legal studies critique of law; embrace and analysis of that self same critique.
Yes, International Law is Really Law

Yes, International Law is Really Law

Public international law (PIL) is neocolonial in function. By this I mean that it continues to materialize the colonial functions of disciplining and plundering the under-developed world. Yet PIL is anti-colonial in form, officially committed to global inclusion and...

A Day in the Lives of Public International Law

A Day in the Lives of Public International Law

Nicholas Rajkovic has recently introduced two concepts which, between them offer a fresh lens through which we can view our profession. Rajkovic developed these concepts, “performances of legality” and “vicarious litigation”, in his reflections on “lawfare”. But they...

Dehumanisation and the Systemic Perpetuation of Rape

Are we witnessing a global epidemic of sexual violence against women, or are we simply witnessing a temporary surge in public and media interest in a ubiquitous, endemic problem? I suspect the latter — much as a spectacular famine, or a good earthquake, temporarily...