ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

maandag 14 november 2022

LECTURE SERIES: Ignacio DE LA RASILLA, "China and the Turn to the National Histories of International Law", Histories of International Law: Chinese and Global Perspectives (Zoom, 16 december 2022)

The first lecture in the Histories of International Law: Chinese and Global Perspectives lecture series organised by the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, City University of Hong Kong, in partnership with Wudan University School of Law and Fudan University School of Law (organizing committee: Professors Ignacio de la Rasilla, Jiangyu Wang and Congyan Cai) will take place 16 December 2022.

The program can be found below. Register using this link. Contact ccc.@cityu.edu.hk for more information.


LECTURE SERIES: Histories of International Law: Chinese and Global Perspectives, Wuhan University (Zoom, December 2022 - June 2023)

We have learnt of a lecture series organised by the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, City University of Hong Kong, in partnership with Wudan University School of Law and Fudan University School of Law (organizing committee: Professors Ignacio de la Rasilla, Jiangyu Wang and Congyan Cai).

Two lecture series will take place simultaneously from December 2022 to June 2023:

  1. Distinguished Lectures in the History of International Law
    • February 2023: Prof. Martti Koskenniemi
    • March 2023: Prof. David Armitage
    • April 2023: Prof. Jose Maria Beneyto
    • May 2023: Prof. Randall Lesaffer
  2. Histories of International Law: Chinese and Global Perspectives
    • 16 December 2022: China and the Turn to the National: Peripheral and Semi-Peripheral Histories of International Law
      • Prof. Ignacio de la Rasilla, Wuhan University
      • Discussant: Prof. Chen Li, Fudan University
    • 13 January 2023: In the Garden of Gethsemene: US-Sino Relations in the History of International Law during the Republican Period
      • Prof. Christopher Rossi, UiT The Arctic University of Hong Kong
      • Discussant: Prof. Ryan Mitchell, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • 17 February 2023: Historicism and Chinese Translations of International Law in Late Qing China
      • Prof. Qu Wensheng & Mr. Wan Li, East China University of Political Science and Law
      • Discussant: Prof. Inge van Hulle, KU Leuven
    • 17 March 2023: The Legacy of Concessions
      • Prof. Frederic Megret, McGill University & Dr. Wanshu Cong, Hong Kong University
      • Discussant: Prof. Matthias Vanhullebusch, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    • 14 April 2023: China and the 'Third World' in International Law - On Bandung and Beyond
      • Assist. Prof. Maria Adele Carrai, New York University Shanghai
      • Discussant: Dr John Haskell, Senior Lecturer, Manchester University
    • 19 May 2023: The Opening Up and Reform Policy and China's Re-engagement with the International Legal Order
      • Prof. Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania
      • Discussant: tbc
    • 16 June 2023: Revolution and the Introduction of Marxist theory of International Law to China
      • Prof. Congyan Cai, Fudan University & Dr Jie Liu, Sun Yat-Sen University
      • Discussant: Prof. Björn Ahl, University of Cologne
For more information, see the program below or contact Prof. Ignacio de la Rasilla. Register on the website of the City University of Hong Kong.





woensdag 2 november 2022

BOOK LAUNCH: Dimitri VAN DEN MEERSSCHE, "The World Bank's Lawyers: The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice" (Zoom, 16 November 2022)

 

Source: OUP

In cooperation with the ESIL Interest Group on International Organizations and Völkerrechtsblog, the IG History of International Law is organizing an online book launch event for Dimitri van den Meerssche's (formerly at the Asser Institute and Edinburgh Law School, currently at Queen Mary University London) upcoming monograph on the history of lawyers at the World Bank: "The World Bank's Lawyers: The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice".

To attend, please register at the IG IO website. Please note that the event will be recorded and posted on the websites of the IG's and Völkerrechtsblog. Following the book launch, a book symposium will be published on the Völkerrechtsblog under the lead of Anna Sophia Tiedeke.

Programme (16 November 2022, 18h15 CET - 20h CET)

Word of welcome from the organizers - Florenz Volkaert (Ghent University, IG HIL)
  1. Book presentation by Dr. Dimitri Van den Meerssche (Queen Mary), 18h20-18h40
  2. Followed by a panel discussion with..., 18h40-19h25
    • Negar Mansouri (Graduate Institute, IG IO)
    • Dr. Gail Lythgoe (University of Manchester, IG IO)
    • Dr. Tommaso Soave (Central European University)
    • Dr. Ahmed Memon (Cardiff School of Law and Politics)
    • Florenz Volkaert (moderator, Ghent University, IG HIL)
      • ... and a response by Dr. Van den Meerssche
       3. Questions from the audience, 19h25-19h55     
               
               Concluding remarks - Florenz Volkaert

Book abstract:

The World Bank’s Lawyers provides an original socio-legal account of the evolving institutional life of international law. Informed by oral archives, months of participant observation, interviews, legal memoranda and documents obtained through freedom-of-information requests, it tells an untold story of the World Bank’s legal department between 1983 and 2016. This is a story of people and the beliefs they have, the influence they seek and the tools they employ. It is an account of the practices they cling to and how these practices gain traction, or how they fail to do so, in an international bureaucracy. Inspired by Actor-Network Theory, relational sociologies of association and performativity theory, this ethnographic exploration multiplies the matters of concern in our study of international law(yering): the human and non-human, material and semantic, obscure and evasive actants that tie together the fragile fabric of legality. In tracing these threads, this book signals important changes in the conceptual repertoire and materiality of international legal practice, as liberal ideals were gradually displaced by managerial modes of evaluation. It reveals a world teeming with life—a space where professional postures and prototypes, aesthetic styles and technical routines are woven together in law’s shifting mode of existence. This history of international law as a contingent cultural technique enriches our understanding of the discipline’s disenchantment and the displacement of its traditional tropes by unexpected and unruly actors. It thereby inspires new ways of critical thinking about international law’s political pathways, promises and pathologies, as its language is inscribed in ever-evolving rationalities of rule.

For more details, contact Florenz Volkaert (florenz.volkaert@ugent.be) and Negar Mansouri (negar.mansouri@graduateinstitute.ch).

donderdag 13 oktober 2022

REMINDER: Miroslav ŠEDIVY, "The geopolitical background of the debates on international law in the mid-19th century", Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels/MSTeams, 18 October 2022)

 

Image source: VUB CORE

The geopolitical background of the debates on international law in the mid-19th century
Introduction
In the 1840s, Europeans often expressed a deep mistrust of the international order that had been created in Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. This feeling resulted from the assertive and often illegal policies of the great powers which made a considerable number of people believe that the world was dominated by the strength of material power instead of written law. With this conviction, the questions of security, justice and international law became more and more debated in Europe. Some contemporaries desired to change the post- Napoleonic order by replacing it with a new one based on the principle of nationhood ensuring greater justice and a more stable peace among free European nations. During the same decade a similar debate on the political-legal coexistence with European countries spread in the United States. The goal of the paper is to reveal this important, but in historical and legal scholarship still neglected, phenomenon that existed in the mid-19th century on both sides of the Atlantic and contributed to the globalisation of international order.

Biographical note
Miroslav Šedivý (born in 1980, Prague) is a professor in general history at the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic. He deals with the history of Europe and the Mediterranean spanning the period from the late 18th to the early 20th century. He has already published a trilogy on the functioning of the post-Napoleonic states system in the Near East (Metternich, the Great Powers and the Eastern Question, Pilsen 2013), Central Europe (Crisis among the Great Powers: The Concert of Europe and the Eastern Question, London– New York 2017) and Italy (The Decline of the Congress System: Metternich, Italy and European Diplomacy, London–New York 2018). His most recent book is on Si vis pacem, para bellum: The Italian Response to International Insecurity 1830–1848 (Vienna 2021). At this moment he is writing The Victory of Realism: The German Quest for International Security 1839–1853 (Paderborn 2023).

Practical information
Tuesday 18 October 2022 17:00-19:00 CET 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Room: C409 
Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
Free entrance. Register with wouter.de.rycke @ vub. be for the Microsoft Teams link if not attending in person.
Source: VUB Core

dinsdag 11 oktober 2022

CALL FOR RESPONDENTS: Book launch event D. VAN DEN MEERSSCHE, "The World Bank's Lawyers: The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice" (DATE: TBA mid-November, DEADLINE: 21 October 2022).

 

Source: OUP

In cooperation with the ESIL Interest Group on International Organizations, the IG History of International Law is organizing an online book launch event for Dimitri van den Meerssche's (formerly at the Asser Institute and Edinburgh Law School, currently at Queen Mary University London) upcoming monograph on the history of lawyers at the World Bank. Professor van den Meerssche will present the main points of his book, followed by 7-10 minutes of comments from two respondents. The IG History of International Law is sending out an open call for respondents. If you are interested in reviewing "The World Bank's Lawyers: The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice" and acting as a respondent in the book launch event on Zoom in mid-November (exact date TBA), send an email to florenz.volkaert@ugent.be and negar.mansouri@graduateinstitute.ch with your cv and a short motivation (max. 500 words) attached, explaining why you would like to review the book and act as a respondent, and some of the main points you would like to raise. The deadline for sending in your candidature is the 21st of October 2022.

donderdag 22 september 2022

WORKSHOP: New Directions in the Theory & History of International Law - Workshop II: "Beauty and Power: Aesthetics, History, & International Law", Graduate Institute (Geneva, October 19-20 October 2023, DEADLINE: 25 November 2022)

 Description:

The field of international legal history finds itself at a crossroads. After some decades, the tone of the literature on the “turn to history” has turned from celebration to self-critique. Indeed, the last couple of years has witnessed increased calls to pursue new directions in international legal history, departing from the “well-worn paths” initially explored. In this vein, some urge for a localized approach to the study of “legal politics,” while others push for a “history of international law in the vernacular,” a “grassroots analysis,” or a “radical historical critique.” In my own work, I have argued for a (new) materialist approach,  which resonates with other broader drives for the retrieval of Marxist perspectives in international legal history. Moreover, the “marked absences” of class, gender, and race from the traditional canon of the discipline seem like an increasingly inexcusable exclusion.  In sum, the stage is set for a profound reconsideration of the aims, methodologies, and archives of contemporary international legal history.

With this in mind, the interdisciplinary workshop series “New Directions in the Theory & History of International Law” aims to create a space where emerging and senior scholars of different traditions can meet and rethink on the past, present, and future of the theory and history of the discipline. For this purpose, the Geneva Graduate Institute will host a series of two-day academic workshops to promote productive conversations between different disciplinary sensibilities and perspectives along three core issues over the next three years.

These three cross-cutting themes are:

Political Economy, History, and International Law - held on June 2-3, 2022

with Professor Susan Marks, London School of Economics

Beauty and Power: Aesthetics, History, and International Law - October 19-20, 2023

with Professor Kate Miles, University of Cambridge

Space and Scale in International Legal History - Spring 2024 (tentative date TBD)

with Professor Luis Eslava, University of Kent

Scholars who would like to present a paper at the second workshop on “Beauty and Power: Aesthetics, History, & International Law” are invited to submit a title and abstract (250─500 words) to daniel.quiroga@graduateinstitute.ch before November 25, 2022 (23:59 Geneva Time - CEST). A decision on acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by late October. We expect to host these workshops in person, but hybrid participation might be considered depending on the overall sanitary situation and the guidelines issued by the Geneva Graduate Institute. We are keen on exploring options for a collective publication effort after the workshop. As such, we encourage potential participants to bear this in mind as they prepare their abstracts.

Source: Graduate Institute

woensdag 21 september 2022

LECTURE SERIES: CoCoLaw Series on Colonial Legal History 2022/2, University of Helsinki (Zoom, 15 September - 11 October - 8 November - 13 December 2022)

 

Image source: ESCLH blog

Description:

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce and invite you the Autumn Program for the CoCoLaw Series on Colonial Legal History 2022/2. There will be four lectures, one each month from September to December, to discuss the latest investigations about the law enacted on colonial spaces during the early modern period.
For this semester, we will have the following speakers:

15.09 – Brazilian Colonial Law: Theoretical Framework and Contributions - Gustavo Cabral, Universidade Federal do Ceará

11.10 – Latin American Colonial Household as a Normative Sphere - Romina Zamora, Universidad de Tucumán

8.11 – Lawyering in France’s Early Modern Empire - Laurie Wood, Florida State University

13.12 – The Law of the Dutch East Indies. From Ruling a Trading Post to Ruling Territories - Boudewijn Sirks, University of Oxford

All lectures will take place online via Zoom and everyone are welcome to join (Meeting ID 405 3342976, Password 229973).

Kind regards,

CoCoLaw Project - Comparing Early Modern Colonial Laws
University of Helsinki

Source: ESCLH blog