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Fernando Tesón

Fernando Tesón

Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 315 
Phone: 850.644.4287
Fax: 850.644.5487


S.J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1987
LL.M., Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 1982
J.D., Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1975

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Fernando Tesón, a native of Buenos Aires, is the Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar at Florida State University College of Law. He is known for his scholarship relating political philosophy to international law (in particular his defense of humanitarian intervention), political rhetoric, and global justice. He has authored Justice at a Distance: Expanding Freedom Globally (Cambridge University Press, 2015) [with Loren Lomasky]; Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation (Cambridge University Press 2006) [with Guido Pincione]; Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality (3rd edition fully revised and updated, Transnational Publishers 2005); A Philosophy of International Law (Westview Press 1998); and dozens of articles in law, philosophy, and international relations journals and collections of essays.

Before joining FSU in 2003 he taught for 17 years at Arizona State University. He has served as visiting professor at Cornell Law School, Indiana University School of Law, University of California Hastings College of Law, the Oxford-George Washington International Human Rights Program, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has dual U.S. and Argentine citizenship.

Select Recent Publications

DEBATING HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION (with Bas van de Vossen) (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2017)

THE THEORY OF SELF-DETERMINATION (editor) (Cambridge University Press 2016)

JUSTICE AT A DISTANCE: EXTENDING FREEDOM GLOBALLY (with Loren Lomasky) (Cambridge University Press 2015)

Free Trade: A Principle for All Seasons
, in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Libertarianism ( J. Brennan & B. van der Vossen, editors) (forthcoming 2017)

Fake Custom
, in Re-Examining Customary International Law (Brian Lepard, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2017)

The Conundrum of Self-Determination
, in The Theory of Self-Determination (Fernando R. Tesón, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2016)

La Filosofia del Derecho Internacional
, in Filosofia del Derecho (J. Fabra & E. Spector, editors) (UNAM 2014)

The Moral Basis of Humanitarian Intervention Revisited
, in The Ethics of Armed Intervention (Don Scheid, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2014)

The Moral Structure of Humanitarian Intervention, in Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (A. Altman & C. Wellman, editors) (Wiley-Blackwell 2014)

The Mystery of Territory, 32 Soc. Phil. & Pol’y 25 (2015)

Natural Law as Part of International Law: The Case of the Armenian Genocide, 50 San Diego L. Rev. 813 (2014)

The Kiobel Decision: The End of an Era, 8 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty 161 (2014)

Grotius on War and the State, Liberty Matters (March 2014)

When Philosophers Misdiagnose, 74 Analysis 107 (2014)