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Jan Lemnitzer

Assistant Professor at the Centre for War Studies
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Jan Lemnitzer is Assistant Professor at the Centre for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He was previously Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War programme, Oxford University, and remains affiliated to the programme. His work explores how modern international law was created in the 19th century, how it came to be applied across the globe and what that meant for international politics. He has published a published a book called Power, Law and the End of Privateering with Palgrave Macmillan, which explains why the 1856 Declaration of Paris marks a forgotten turning point in this story, inventing the main method we still use today to create new international law. The book is based on his PhD thesis which he completed at the London School of Economics. His latest publication in Diplomacy and Statecraft (Vol. 27/4, 2016) shows that Woodrow Wilson deliberately adopted misleading language of US Civil War precedents to justify US tolerance of the British blockade in the First World War, ending more than a century of firm US support for the rights of neutrals under international law. His other research interests include war crimes tribunals, international commissions of inquiry (with an article on possible historical precedents for an MH17 tribunal soon to be published in the European Journal of International Law) and the historical origins of human rights, in particular the immunity of civilians.