ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

dinsdag 17 mei 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS: History, Politics, Law: In Conversation—Doctoral workshop (UCL/Online, 16 July 2022, DEADLINE: 23 May 2022)

Image Source: National Archives (Ratification of Treaty of Amiens)

 History, Politics, Law: In Conversation—Doctoral workshop 

Bentham House, UCL / online 

16 July 2022 

To mark the publication of History, Politics, Law: Thinking through the International (CUP 2021) the editors are convening a forum for reflection on the interdisciplinary conversations reflected in this volume and other recent works, including Martti Koskenniemi’s To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth: Legal Imagination and International Power, 1300–1870 (CUP, 2021).  

The event will have two components: a day of panel conversations and a book event on 15 July, open to all; and a smaller by-application doctoral workshop on 16 July, c. 9am–4.30pm not open to the public. 

The doctoral workshop will, like the panels of the previous day, pursue a methodological conversation through questions emerging in concrete projects. However, the doctoral workshop will allow for more in-depth engagement with written work, circulated in advance. This work need not be polished papers; indeed it would preferably be work-in-progress, with which participants are still grappling. We are open to work on all periods, and from diverse disciplines, engaged in some way with histories of law.  

The workshop will have c. 12 participants. We are able to fund travel from within the UK and potentially further afield, depending on the mix of those requiring travel funding; and a dinner and one night’s accommodation in London (possibly two, for those whose travel would otherwise complicate online attendance at the previous day’s workshops). For those from outside the UK, or for whom in-person travel is not feasible, we are happy to facilitate remote participation (and please note that one of the editors will also be remote, so you will be in good company!).  

Format of workshop 

In the workshop itself, we aim to have at least 30 minutes focused on the work of each participant, with the sequence arranged in such a way as to draw together participants who might be working on common periods or themes, or whose work might raise similar questions. Starting from the assumption that we have all read the work, we will ask participants to present each others’ projects very briefly (c. 5 mins), offer participants an opportunity to make any corrections or further observations which might inform discussion, and then have c. 25 mins of commentary from readers including Annabel Brett and Martti Koskenniemi, and Q&A with other participants.  

Indicative schedule 

Evening of 15 July: dinner for in-person participants 

9–11am: discussion of projects (participants 1–4) 


11.30–1pm: discussion of projects (participants 5–7) 

Lunch (at UCL) 

2–4.30pm: discussion of projects (participants 8–12) 

To express interest in participating … 

Please send a 500–1000-word expression of interest by 23 May 2022 to, sketching the project in which you are engaged, and specific aspect(s) on which you would like to focus. We will confirm invitations by c. 27 May (taking into account not only the interest of individual projects but also complementarity between possible participants). We ask that participants then send up to 10,000 words of writing for discussion by 24 June (a hard deadline), to be shared with all participants in the doctoral workshop. Participants can send significantly less than this, if they prefer: the idea is to send draft text which will allow others to grasp the rough direction of the project, and the way in which you are working with materials, as well as specific ‘methodological’ problematiques of interest.