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Szigeti, Peter

Assistant Professor

University of Alberta, Canada


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

Harvard Law School, United States


I hold a SJD from Harvard Law School. The dissertation, titled ‘Text and Territory: Jurisdictional Conflict and Territorial Language in Law’, investigates the dual role of territory in law and political philosophy: it is at once a physical fact and a metaphor for freedom and personhood. I claim that territoriality is an ethical and epistemological principle foremost, that works tolerably without regard for geographic territory.
During my SJD research (between 2009 and 2015), I have also served as a consultant on fisheries law for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, I have taught in courses on human rights and political geography at Harvard College, and worked as a legal researcher for a regulatory research firm and an international law firm. In addition to territoriality in international law, I am also writing on the role of geography in political theory and the intersections of property law and environmental law.
My research interests are centred on public international law, legal theory, environmental law, property theory and the history of political thought.
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