ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

dinsdag 13 april 2021

BOOK LAUNCH: Frédéric MÉGRET & Immi TALLGREN (eds.), The Dawn of a Discipline. International Criminal Justice and Its Early Exponents (Helsinki: Erik Castrén Institute, 26 APR 2021, ONLINE)

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Event abstract:

Welcome to the book launch of 'The Dawn of a Discipline – International Criminal Justice and Its Early Exponents' (Cambridge University Press, 2020) edited by Fréderic Mégret and Immi Tallgren on Monday, 26 April 2021, at 4-5.30 pm. Focusing principally on the inter-war years up to Nuremberg, this book examines the intellectual contribution of a dozen figures in the early development of international criminal justice. The book not only provides an in-depth study of these leading figures, but also contextualizes international criminal justice in its various intellectual stages addressing the diversity of ideas and questioning its hegemonic (white) male narrative. The presentation will bring together the contributors of the book who will discuss the  relevance of the respective authors, how their writings might help us interrogate the present moment of international criminal justice and what concepts have passed the test of time.

This book was earlier announced on this blog.

Register here.

maandag 12 april 2021

ESIL IGHIL Pre-Conference event: The Founding of Solidarity in the International Community (Catania, ESIL Research Forum, 15 APR 2021, ONLINE))


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Welcome (09:00 CET)

Presentations (09:05 CET)


‘Louis Bara (1821-1857) and the Liberal-scientific Restatement of International Law in the Nineteenth Century Peace Movement’, Wouter De Rycke (Brussels) (30 minutes)

Discussion (15 minutes)


‘The Role of the Brazilian Academic Elite in the “Civilization Project” during the XIX Century: An Analysis from the Example of the Whitening of the Population’, Luisa Cortat Simonetti Goncalves-Renato Coutinho (Maastricht)

Discussion (15 minutes)

Break (5 minutes)


‘Views in the Literature on Interdisciplinarity Research Between History and Law’ Jaanika Erne (Tartu, ESIL IGHIL Steering Committee)

Discussion (15 minutes)

Interest Group Meeting (11:25 CET)

Registration is mandatory, until 23:59 CET on 12 April. Click here.

vrijdag 9 april 2021

BOOK: P. SEAN MORRIS (ed.), The League of Nations and the Development of International Law. A New Intellectual History of the Advisory Committee of Jurists [Routledge Research in Legal History] (London: Routledge, SEP 2021), ISBN 9780367897536


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Book abstract:

This volume examines the contributions to International Law of individual members of the Advisory Committee of Jurists in the League of Nations, and the broader national and discursive legal traditions of which they were representative. It adopts a biographical approach that complements existing legal narratives. Pre-1914 visions of a liberal international order influenced the post-1919 world based on the rule of law in civilised nations. This volume focuses on leading legal personalities of this era. It discusses the scholarly work of the ACJ wise men, their biographical notes, and narrates their contribution as legal scholars and founding fathers of the sources of international law that culminated in their drafting of the statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, the forerunner of the International Court of Justice. The book examines visions of world law in a liberal international order through social theory and constructivism, historical examination of key developments that influenced their career and their scholarly writings and international law as a science. The book will be a valuable reference for those working in the areas of International Law, Legal History, Political History and International Relations.

Table of contents:

The "Wise Men" of the Advisory Committee of Jurists (ACJ) and Contemporary Legal Biography: An Introduction
P. Sean Morris

  1. The Legal Conscience of a Universal Man: Rafael Altamira y Crevea (1866 – 1951)
    Yolanda Gamarra
  2. National Political Ideologies and International Legal Practices: Raul Fernandes (1877 – 1968)
    Arthur Roberto Capella Giannattasio
  3. A Civilizational Pluralist and Inegalitarian: Mineichiro Adachi (1870 – 1934)
    Tetsuya Toyoda
  4. Francis Hagerup (1853 – 1921): A Norwegian Legal Internationalist
    Dag Michalsen
  5. Elihu Root (1845 – 1937): Architect and Advocate of the Permanent Court of International Justice
    William G. Ross
  6. Forgetting Albert Geouffre de Lapradelle (1871 – 1955) and Ignorance as Remembering
    Toni Selkälä
  7. Edouard Descamps (1847 – 1933): From Negative Neutrality to Positive Pacigerate
    Frederik Dhondt
  8. The Judicial-Churchman for Peace: Walter George Frank Phillimore (1855 – 1933)
    P. Sean Morris
  9. "Where is Your Tribunal?" Bernard Loder (1849 – 1935) and the Quest for International Justice
    Freya Baetens and Veronica Lavista
  10. The Italian Jurist and Diplomat at the Advisory Committee of Jurists: Arturo Ricci Busatti (1868 – 1923)
    Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina
On the editor:
P. Sean Morris is a research fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland.

(source: Routledge



donderdag 8 april 2021

BOOK: Markus M. PAYK & Kim Christian PRIEMEL (eds.), Crafting the International Order. Practitioners and Practices of International Law since c.1800 [The History and Theory of International Law] (Oxford: OUP, 2021), 304 p. ISBN 9780198863830, 80 GBP


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Book description:

This volume sheds light on how lawyers have made sense of, engaged in, and shaped international politics over the past three hundred years. Chapters show how politicians and administrators, diplomats and military men, have considered their tasks in legal terms, and how the field of international relations has been filled with the distinctly legal vocabulary of laws, regulations, treaties, agreements, and conventions. Leading experts in the field provide insights into what it means when concrete decisions are taken, negotiations led, or controversies articulated and resolved by legal professionals. They also inquire into how the often-criticised gaps between juristic standards and everyday realities can be explained by looking at the very medium of law. Rather than sorting people and problems into binary categories such as 'law' and 'politics' or 'theory' and 'practice', the case studies in this volume reflect on these dichotomies and dissolve them into the messy realities of conflicts and interactions which take place in historically contingent situations, and in which international lawyers assume varying personas.

On the editors:

Edited by Marcus M. Payk, Professor of Modern History, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, and Kim Christian Priemel, Professor of Contemporary European History, University of Oslo Marcus M. Payk is professor of modern history at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany. He has a special interest in international history, legal history, German and European history, and has published widely in these fields. His research has been supported by various grants and scholarships both in Europe and the United States. Kim Christian Priemel is professor of contemporary European history at the University of Oslo. He specializes in legal history, social and economic history, and media history. He has authored and edited several books and has published in the Journal of Modern History, the Journal of Contemporary History, and Central European History. 

Table of contents;:

 1:Introduction: Thinking Law, Talking Law, Doing Law: How Lawyers Craft(ed) the International Order, Marcus M. Payk and Kim Christian Priemel

2:Shaping a New Profession: Japanese Encounters with International Law, c. 1600-1900, Andrew Cobbing
3:Legal Practitioners: Nineteenth Century International Jurisdiction and the Ambiguous Role of the Members of the Mixed Commissions, Fabian Klose
4:Legal Advice, the Foreign Office, and Britain's Neutrality Policy, 1870-1914, Gabriela A. Frei
5:The First R2P: US Legal Advisers and the Right to Protect Citizens in the Early Twentieth Century Americas, Benjamin A. Coates
6:Hammarskjöld at The Hague: Sweden and the Peace Conference of 1907, Michael Jonas
7:The Draughtsmen: International Lawyers and the Crafting of the Paris Peace Treaties, 1919-20, Marcus M. Payk
8:Legal Legwork: How Exiled Jurists Negotiated Recognition and Legitimacy in Wartime London 1939-45, Julia Eichenberg
9:Changing Hats. Nuremberg's Visible College and the Politics of Internationalism, 1941-49, Kim Christian Priemel
10:Fluid Boundaries in the Divisible College: The International Law Association and the Indus Waters Dispute in the 1950s, Katharina Rietzler
11:Agents of Constitutionalism: The Quest for a Constitutional Breakthrough in European Law, 1945-1964, Morten Rasmussen

(source: OUP

woensdag 7 april 2021

ESIL RESEARCH FORUM CATANIA: Deadline for registration extended (12 APRIL 2021)

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The organising committee of the 2021 ESIL Research Forum in Catania (where the IGHIL organizes a pre-conference event) have communicated that the deadline for registration has been extended to 12 April 2021.

Further details earlier on our blog.

See also the event's website for further information.

dinsdag 6 april 2021

LECTURE (recorded): David ARMITAGE on intellectual history and treaties (London: LSE, 18 MAR 2021)

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Prof. David Armitage's lecture on treaties and intellectual history at LSE (announced earlier on this blog) has been recorded and rendered publicly available in MP3-format here.

maandag 5 april 2021

VACANCY: Assistant Professor in Legal History (Tilburg: Tilburg University, DEADLINE 25 APR 2021)


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Job description:

As assistant professor, you develop and teach courses in the bachelor Global Law (English, courses History of International Law and Global Legal History), and in the master International Law and Global Governance (English, course History and Theory of International). You will supervise master theses. You also participate in research carried out by the team of the legal philosophy, jurisprudence and legal history scholars, part of the Department of Public Law and Governance. In the course of your appointment, you will develop a research profile, in line with the research profile and priorities of the Law School. The research conducted within Tilburg Law School is aimed at both scientific and societal relevance. It is organized into several cross-departmental research programs, including Global Law and Governance, New Modes of Lawmaking and Governance in a Multilayered Order, Law and Security, and Law and Technology. Key research themes of legal history include the history of international law, the history of commercial law and the history of public law and governance. Your teaching and research is managed according to PLG’s Work Allocation Model (WAM), where the general ratio for full-time academic staff is 60% Teaching and Service and 40% Research.

More information here