International law is all around is, for good or bad depending on your perspective. And it impacts you directly and is intimately and inevitably linked with national and international politics. Let me be your guide.

I am an international lawyer by trade, schooled at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) up to a PhD. To my delight, I have been able to teach my alma mater, but also other Dutch universities, including Amsterdam University College, as well as New York University. I seem to have specialized in teaching to non-lawyers, albeit very interested and motivated ones, and I do so with gusto.

But frankly, I have never been much of an ivory tower academic, and I have interests that range far an wide, but that are ultimately connected. My attention span or penchant for deep legal theory is limited. I like practical legal problems and pragmatic solutions. I am a legal positivist at heart with a simple theoretical mind, and I have been fortunate enough to see the inside of a New York law firm, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two non-profit organizations and even a commercial venture of my own.

On this blog, I stick mainly to law; explaining and opining on international law but also U.S. constitutional law, which is a hobby of mine as a non-American lawyer. But having temporarily moved to the United States (New York), I take the liberty to comment on both U.S. and international politics. If only because law and politics are, as I said, intimately linked. Law cannot be understood and explained without giving due regard to politics. Or vice versa.

So I also think about politics and globalization, charting the inevitable median course between the extremes. I believe in globalization as the best way forward for the world, without seeing a need to obliterate the nation-state and national cultural identities, although change they will. I believe that in its bare essence, every human being is good, but flawed – prone to and susceptible to evil, resistant to change – and that we are in the final analysis, economic beings. I am decidedly Western, but hopefully without a superiority-complex. I am of mixed-race, and therefore with mixed emotions and experiences. I am not religious, but neither anti-religion. I am optimistic, but hopefully realistic.

  • Kenneth M. Manusama
    Kenneth M. Manusama

About Kenneth

Well, hello there! I am guessing you are curious about international law, and you have found the right place. Because international law is all around is, for good or bad depending on your perspective. And it impacts you directly. So let me be your guide. International law is surrounded by great stories and fascinating people.

I am an international lawyer by trade, schooled at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) up to a PhD. To my delight, I have been able to teach my alma mater, but also other Dutch universities, including Amsterdam University College, as well as New York University. I seem to have specialized in teaching to non-lawyers, albeit very interested and motivated ones, and I do so with gusto. So I take any opportunity to speak. As long as I can talk and write I am happy; whether it is about international law, foreign policy, or whatever strikes my fancy.  And now I have taken my show on the road, outside of the confines of academic life, to explore those other facets of the law: the stories behind abstract legal cases and the people whose views or decisions shape and have shaped international law. I gave up academic research and teaching at university, to start researching and writing about those stories and teaching to anyone who wants to listen.

And frankly, I have never been much of an ivory tower academic, and I have interests ranging far and wide (for example, living). My attention span or penchant for deep legal theory is limited. I am a legal positivist at heart with a simple theoretical mind, and I have been fortunate enough to see the inside of a New York law firm, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two non-profit organizations and even a commercial venture of my own. I like practical legal problems and dilemmas. I think about globalization without aspiring to change the world.

As a true Middle Aged Man in Lycra (MAMIL), I ride my (Bianchi) road bike without thinking about anything, only to come home refreshed to a house full of women, two of which call me ’Dad’.

Do you want to know more about my drive and passion for the new road ahead? Read the very first post for this blog, and join me on my journey.

  • Kenneth M. Manusama
    Kenneth M. Manusama