'World of Multiple Tensions' topic of WSU lecture

Barbara Koremenos, associate professor of world politics with the University of Michigan Department of Political Science, will present “A World of Multiple Tensions: Treaty Design Matters” on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Wayne State University Law School. Each year, states negotiate, conclude, sign and give effect to hundreds of new international agreements.

Koremenos’ Continent of International Law research program demonstrates theoretically and empirically how the detailed design provisions of such international law matter for phenomena that scholars, policymakers and the public care about: When and how international cooperation occurs and is maintained.

She plans to discuss aspects of the underlying strategic situations that might not be the usual focus of policymakers.

Koremenos will focus on the problem of designing international law for the Korean Peninsula — in particular, a regime to replace the 1994 Agreed Framework between North Korea and the United States.

The free lecture is scheduled from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The event is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies.

Koremenos’ main interests are in international law and international institutions.

She has published extensively on these topics in edited books, book chapters and refereed journals, such as International Organization. She has won numerous awards, fellowships and grants for her work.

Koremenos also is working on a book manuscript that centers on American exceptionalism in international law.

Prior to coming to joining the U-M faculty, Koremenos taught in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She earned her doctorate in political science and her master of public policy degree from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College.


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