Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, Visiting Doctoral Fellow 2017
Ville Kari was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School in 2017. He is a postgraduate student of international law at the University of Helsinki and a Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. His thesis Erik Castrén and the Classical Doctrine of Civil War in International Law explores the rise and fall of the classical law of civil war, in particular through the concepts of belligerency and the recognition thereof. Observing the demise of these concepts alongside the age of sail and the law of neutrality, Ville hopes to shed new light on the dead end of the classical doctrine among international legal scholars between and after the world wars, when the teachings of elder scholars such as Erik Castrén rapidly gave way to new trends such as humanitarian intervention and international peacekeeping.