Author Archives: Sinja Graf

About Sinja Graf

Dr. Graf’s research engages the intersection of international theory, (the legacies of) imperialism and international law. Her monograph The Humanity of Universal Crime (Oxford University Press, 2021) won the International Studies Association's International Ethics Book Award and the European Consortium for Political Research's Political Theory Award. Her single-authored, peer-reviewed articles have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Political Theory as well as International Relations.

A Style for the Human Heart

This essay is part of a symposium on Gerry Simpson’s The Sentimental Life of International Law. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. The Sentimental Life of International Law approaches anew “our age-old longing for a decent international society” (1). In search for such decency, the book critiques international law’s disciplinary constitution by means of what it “forbids its practitioners to do.”[1] This inquiry is driven by an existential unease over the strictures international law places on our engagement with the ineffable violence Continue reading →