Negar Mansouri


Associate Researcher, Global Governance Center
Coordinating Committee Member, ESIL Interest Group on International Organizations
Spoken languages
English, French, Farsi
Areas of expertise
  • Critical political economy
  • International organizations
  • International and Global History
  • History of capitalism


PhD title: Reconfiguring Relations of Production: International Organizations and the Making of Global Classes.

Expected completion date May 2024

PhD supervisor and co-supervisor: Gian Luca Burci, Nico Krisch 

My thesis explores the post-World War II histories of three international organizations and the ways in which they reconfigured relations of pordution around the 'materiality they managed: International Telecommunications Union and liberalization of telecommunication networks and services, International Maritime Consultative Organization and the rise of open shipping registries in the bulk sector, and International Tropical Timber Organization and the governance of 'sustainable forestry'. The three histories are brought together by three premises: states are manifestation of their local class strcutures; capitalist development involves commodification but also socialization; and hegemonic structures emerge from a convergence between material capability, ideas and institutions.

Publications & Works

  • Money, Magic and Machines: International Telecommunication Union and the Liberalization of Telecommunication Networks and Services (1970s-1990s), London Review of International Law (2023), Volume 11, Issue 2.  
  • International Organizations and Worldmaking Practices: Some Notes on Methods, International Organizations Law Review (2022), Volume 19, Issue 3. 
  • The Firm: Cadre Stratum and the Latourian Line of Sight (review of Dimitri Van der Meerschee, World Bank Lawyers: International Law as Institutional Practice (OUP, 2022)), Völkerrechtsblog,
  • Technocratic Internationalism, the Capitalist Mode of Production and the Métier of the Expert (review of Jens Steffek, International Organization as Technocratic Utopia (OUP, 2021), Journal of History of International Law (2022), Volume 24, Issue 3.