ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

donderdag 1 oktober 2020

BOOK: Cait STORR, International Status in the Shadow of Empire. Nauru and the Histories of International Law [Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law] (Cambridge: CUP, 2020), ISBN 9781108498500, GBP 85


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Nauru is often figured as an anomaly in the international order. This book offers a new account of Nauru's imperial history and examines its significance to the histories of international law. Drawing on theories of jurisdiction and bureaucracy, it reconstructs four shifts in Nauru's status – from German protectorate, to League of Nations C Mandate, to UN Trust Territory, to sovereign state – as a means of redescribing the transition from the nineteenth century imperial order to the twentieth century state system. The book argues that as international status shifts, imperial form accretes: as Nauru's status shifted, what occurred at the local level was a gradual process of bureaucratisation. Two conclusions emerge from this argument. The first is that imperial administration in Nauru produced the Republic's post-independence 'failures'. The second is that international recognition of sovereign status is best understood as marking a beginning, not an end, of the process of decolonisation.

On the author:

 Cait Storr, University of Technology Sydney

(source: CUP)