ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

donderdag 5 december 2019

BOOK: Rose PARFITT, The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance (Cambridge: CUP, 2019), 534 p. ISBN 9781108655118, 95 GBP

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Book abstract:
That all states are free and equal under international law is axiomatic to the discipline. Yet even a brief look at the dynamics of the international order calls that axiom into question. Mobilising fresh archival research and drawing on a tradition of unorthodox Marxist and anti-colonial scholarship, Rose Parfitt develops a new 'modular' legal historiography to make sense of the paradoxical relationship between sovereign equality and inequality. Juxtaposing a series of seemingly unrelated histories against one another, including a radical re-examination of the canonical story of Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia, Parfitt exposes the conditional nature of the process through which international law creates and disciplines new states and their subjects. The result is a powerful critique of international law's role in establishing and perpetuating inequalities of wealth, power and pleasure, accompanied by a call to attend more closely to the strategies of resistance that are generated in that process.
On the author:
Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School, University of Kent and Melbourne Law School, University of MelbourneRose Parfitt is a Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School and a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she holds a Discovery (DECRA) Award from the Australian Research Council. She also teaches regularly at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) workshops.
Read more on the CUP-website.

(source: IL Reporter)