Friedrich Kratochwil studied philosophy and classics at Munich and received an MA in international relations from Georgetown and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. He taught at the universities of Maryland, at Columbia (New York) and at Penn before returning as chair of international relations to Munich, a position he also held subsequently at the European University Institute in Florence. He was editor of the European Journal of International Relations and is serving on several editorial boards. His numerous publications address issues in the fields of international relations, international law and organization, and social and political theory. His latest book, published in 2011 by Routlede is entitled The Puzzles of Politics". At present he is working on a manuscript concerning "The Status of Law in International Society".