ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

woensdag 23 juni 2021

BOOK: Raphael SCHÄFER & Anne PETERS, Politics and the Histories of International Law - The Quest for Knowledge and Justice (Leiden/New York: Brill, 2021). ISBN 978-90-04-46179-6, 109.00 EUR


(Source: Brill)

Brill is publishing the edited collection ‘Politics and the Histories of International Law’


What are the implications of writing the history of legal issues? Eighteen authors from different legal systems and backgrounds offer different answers, by examining the history writing on issues ranging from slavery over the use of force to extraterritorial jurisdiction. Contributions show how historiography has often distorted or neglected regional cultures and suggest alternative methods and approaches to history writing. These studies are highly relevant for current international relations in which the fight over master narratives is especially fierce among governments, in different academic fields, and also between governments and academics.

Contributors are: Jean d'Aspremont, Julia Bühner, Emiliano J.Buis, Maria Adele Carrai, Jacob Katz Cogan, Ríán Derrig, Angelo Dube, Michel Erpelding, Etienne Henry, Madeleine Herren, Randall Lesaffer, Anne-Charlotte Martineau, Parvathi Menon, Momchil Milanov, Hirofumi Oguri, Gustavo Prieto, Hendrik Simon, Sebastian Spitra, and Deborah Whitehall.



Politics and the Histories of International Law: An Introduction

  Anne Peters, Raphael Schäfer and Randall Lesaffer

Part 1: International Law and Vulnerable Groups

1 Strength through Diversity? The Paradox of Extraterritoriality and the History of the Odd Ones Out

  Madeleine Herren-Oesch

2 The Politics of Writing on the History of Slavery in International Law

  Anne-Charlotte Martineau

3 Edmund Burke and the Ambivalence of Protection for Slaves: Between Humanity and Control

  Parvathi Menon

4 One Hundred Years of Soli(dari)tude: The Creation of the Refugee Regime and the Politics of Humanitarianism

  Momchil Milanov

Part 2: The Use of Force Discourse in a Historical Perspective

5 Theorising Order in the Shadow of War: The Politics of International Legal Knowledge and the Justification of Force in Modernity

  Hendrik Simon

6 The Road to Collective Security: Soviet Russia, the League of Nations, and the Emergence of the ius contra bellum in the Aftermath of the Russian Revolution (1917–1934)

  Etienne Henry

7 Three Wartime Textbooks of International Law

  Deborah Whitehall

Part 3: Regional and Cultural Variations of International Law

8 The Politics of History in the Late Qing Era: William A. P. Martin and a History of International Law for China

  Maria Adele Carrai

9 Mixed Claims Commissions in Latin America during the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Development of International Law in between Caudillos and Revolutions

  Gustavo Prieto

10 The Forgotten Continent? A South African Perspective on the Development of African International Legal Thought

  Angelo Dube and Lindelwa Mhlongo

11 International Law and the European Court of Justice: The Politics of Avoiding History

  Michel Erpelding

Part 4: The Looming of the Past over the 20th Century

12 Civilisation, Protection, Restitution: A Critical History of International Cultural Heritage Law in the 19th and 20th Century

  Sebastian M. Spitra

13 International Law, Science and Psychology in the New Haven School

  Ríán Derrig

14 Histories Hidden in the Shadow: Vitoria and the International Ostracism of Francoist Spain

  Julia Bühner

Part 5: New Methods and Approaches

15 Turntablism in the History of International Law

  Jean d’Aspremont

16 The Politics of Anti-Politics: Historiographies of International Law and the Paradox of Antiquity

  Emiliano J. Buis

17 Combatting Naïve Positivism by Quellenkritik: Lassa Oppenheim and His Ascertainment of Customary International Law

  Hirofumi Oguri


18 A History of International Law in the Vernacular

  Jacob Katz Cogan



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(source: ESCLH Blog)