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Livestream: What to Expect for International Law from the Biden Presidency


In this talk, Professor José Alvarez (NYU) discusses the possibilities for international law in the forthcoming Biden Presidency in the US.

He will discuss the possibilities for US (re-)engagement with multilateral international law and institutions across a range of domains, including international trade and investment law, the nuclear weapons regime, and international environmental law. He will argue that while we will see a ‘restoration’ of the place of international law in US foreign policy, it will be tempered thanks to changes in the world and in the US over the past four years. Those expecting either a wave of US accessions to multilateral treaties or a third term of an Obama presidency are likely to be disappointed.

An extended version of the paper on which this talk is based is available at