ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

woensdag 29 juli 2020

BOOK: Luigi NUZZO, Lawyers, Space and Subjects: Historical Perspectives Historical Perspectives on the Western Legal Tradition (Lecce: Pensa Multimedia, 2020). ISBN: 9788867607129, pp. 283, 28,00€

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How it is possible to appropriate the European legal legacy for writing a decolonized history of international law? Is this task possible also for a European legal historian ? Or is he is stucked in his past with his ‘dead white heroes’? Assuming an historical perspective, the book intends to answer these questions and tells the history of the paradoxical beginnings of a Western law. It was a new law that was considered the measuring unit of the civilized world and the instrument to reassemble the distinctions between ‘Us and the Others’ that it did not cease to produce.


Luigi Nuzzo is full professor of Legal History and History of International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Salento (Lecce). He has been research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main) and at the Freie Universität Berlin; Senior Robbins Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley; Hauser Global Research Fellow at the New York University and Fernand Braudel Fellow at European University Institute. He published extensively in Italian, English, German and Spanish about the history of international law, the Spanish Indies and the German and Italian legal culture between the XIXth and XXth centuries.

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