ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

vrijdag 23 februari 2018

SYMPOSIUM: The Parisian peace treaties (1919-1920) and the emergence of modern international law (JHIL/Tilburg University, 17 May 2018)

The Parisian peace treaties (1919-1920)
and the emergence of modern international law
The Journal of the History of International Law –
Tilburg University – 17 May 2018
Conveners: Jan Lemnitzer and Randall Lesaffer

The conference is organised under the auspices of The Journal of the History ofInternational Law by i-Hilt (Institute for the History of International Law@Tilburg) and the Department of Roman Law and Legal History of the University of Leuven.

Venue: Ruth First auditorium (C 186), Cobbenhagen Building,
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Costs: € 50,00

Registration for the symposium until 10 May

Programme of the Parisian Peace Treaties, 17 May 2018
9.30                       Reception with coffee and tea
9.50                       Welcome by Randall Lesaffer
10.00-12.00        Session I: Versailles as a revolution in international law
 - Jan Lemnitzer (University of Southern Denmark): Woodrow Wilson, Versailles and the freedom of the seas
- Kirsten Sellars (Chinese University of Hong Kong): World War I,  Wilhelm II, Article 227 and the crime of aggression
- Leonard Smith (Oberlin College and Conservatory): Sovereignty under the League of Nations mandate
12.00-13.30        Lunch

13.30-15.00        Session II: Was Versailles a harsh peace treaty?
- Markus Payk (Humboldt University): ‘The absence of honeyed and generous phrases’: a survey of the preambles and other declarative phrases in the Paris peace treaties of 1919-1920
- Nicholas Mulder (Columbia University), Expropriation and economic warfare in the Versailles treaty
- Laura Rathmanner (Vienna University): Responsibility and reparations in the peace treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye
- Vincent Genin (University of Liège): Belgium’s delegation at the Parisian peace conference. Between international law and national aims               
15.30-16.00       Coffee break, refreshments

16.00-17.30        Session III: Versailles and the politics of international law
- Duncan Kelly (Cambridge University): International law as politics at Versailles
- Frederik Dhondt (Free University Brussels/Antwerp University): Permanent is not eternal! The hibernation of Belgian neutrality between conceptual change and practical continuity
- Tony Carty (Tsinghua University): China in the Versailles peace treaty