ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

Wednesday 22 November 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: Historical Networks Research Conference, "Visualization" (University of Lausanne, 8-10 July 2024, DEADLINE: 31 January 2024)


The Historical Network Research community is very pleased to announce the call for papers for the Historical Networks Research conference 2024 which will take place at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), from Monday 8 July until Wednesday 10 July, 2024.

Historical networks

The phenomena studied by the historical sciences are, by their very nature, complex situations: they involve, for example, interwoven personal relationships, collective dynamics that structure social and cultural space, or political and economic systems that operate at local and global levels. The network metaphor is frequently used to describe this entanglement. In recent decades, however, historians have begun to think about ways of formalizing this approach, appropriating the concepts and tools of graph theory to provide a new perspective on archives. The application of formal network analysis to history is now a highly fertile field of experimentation and research. It can be used to analyze the geographical logics of major circulation networks, to highlight brokers in affiliation networks, to compile family trees to reveal their points of contact, to study the occurrences and co-occurrences of concepts in serial texts, to show the evolution of personal social networks, etc. And through a great deal of empirical work, the specific features that historical disciplines bring to network science become apparent: particular attention to the modeling of data that is often incomplete and uncertain, the need to take account of temporality in all its finesse, the necessity to find a language that allows mathematical results to be interpreted in a qualitative narrative.

In 2009, following a workshop dedicated to the application of social network analysis to history, a small community of practice, the Historical Network Research community, was created. It evolved into a series of workshops and then an international conference, of which the present edition is the 9th to date, after conferences in Hamburg, Ghent, Lisbon, Turku, Brno, Luxembourg and Mainz. 2013 saw the creation of the HNR Collective Bibliography, a central tool for sharing the community’s scientific output. In 2017, the first issue of JHNR, the Journal of Historical Network Research, was published, allowing everyone to share their research in Open Access. Other resources include a YouTube channel with recorded lectures and a newsletter.

Conference focus: Visualization

Network visualization is often the first thing to be seen, whether it’s an illegible but colorful node-link diagram, an elaborate sociogram, an austere matrix or a fancy flow map. Because of our discomfort with basing our interpretation on an object apparently built on somewhat subjective foundations, because they are very likely to be influenced by a graphic bias, we often relegate visualizations to a minor role in our exploratory approaches, preferring the cold (apparent) scientificity of graph metrics. But just because we see naive uses of network visualization doesn’t mean it can’t be a highly effective tool for understanding, exploring and communicating our research data. One of the ambitions of the conference is therefore to question our use of network visualization in history, a concern that will be reflected in particular in the workshops and keynotes.

Note that the HNR conference is open to all subjects involving network analysis in historical disciplines, so the thematic emphasis of this 2024 edition has no impact on the selection of contributions. The only effect will be that an image will be requested for each paper (after the review phase, if not included in the submitted abstract) to create a gallery that will be displayed during the conference to spark discussion about our network visualization practices.


For our 2024 conference, we welcome contributions discussing any historical period and geographical area. Authors may be historians, linguists, librarians, archaeologists, art historians, computer scientists, social scientists as well as scholars from other disciplines working with historical data. Topics may include, but are not limited to:Applications of network analysis to history, art history, ancient history, intellectual history, economic history, social history, media history, political history, history of religions, biography, public history, micro-history, postcolonial history, global history, archaeology, literary history, cultural history, etc.
Analysis of specific network types, such as geospatial networks, temporal and dynamic networks, bipartite networks, multi-layer networks, multiplex networks, etc.
Methodological contributions concerning the applicability of network analysis to history, including, for example, modeling, ontologies, linked data, the use of graph metrics, visual network analysis, etc.
Pedagogical contributions, presenting teaching scenarios, literacy questions, software or feature presentations, interfaces, etc.


Long papers

Long papers consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion, and are intended to present comprehensive research. An abstract of 500-1000 words is required, including at least 3 citations. It should contain a description of the paper’s subject and research questions, an overview of the data used and methods employed, a discussion of the research results and possibly the wider implication for network analysis in history.

Short papers

Short papers consist of a 10-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion, and are intended to present research in progress. An abstract of 300-500 words is required, including at least 3 citations. It should contain a brief description of the subject and the research questions, an overview of the data used and the methods employed, a discussion of any results or questions still open at this stage.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted via the conference management platform ( by January 31, 2024.

The author (or corresponding author in the case of multi-authored papers) must create an account on the platform and then fill in the form, copying the abstract in full text (no PDF or other attachments).

Abstracts can be written in English or French.

Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style (author-date in the text, then full reference at the end).

Including an image in the abstract is encouraged to allow a general discussion of our network visualization practices. If, for any reason, the submitted version does not contain any, authors of accepted papers will be invited to add an image and caption at a later stage. Abstracts and images will then be published on the conference website ahead of the event and archived in a book of abstracts on Zenodo.

Authors’ presence at the conference

Although it is possible to follow the conference via streaming, it is nevertheless an on-site event. By submitting a paper, authors are aware that at least one person will need to be in Lausanne to present it.

Important dates

31.01.2024 deadline for submissions

29.02.2024 notification of acceptance/rejection

01.03.2024 registration opening

30.06.2024 last possible registration for participants

8-10.07.2024 conference

31.08.2024 invitation of selected articles to JHNR
                                                More information with HNR.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery" (University of Amsterdam, 7 June 2024, DEADLINE: 15 January 2024)

 Call for papers

Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery

Location: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Law Hub

Date: June 7th, 2024

Key-note: Prof. John Cairns (University of Edinburgh)

Workshop Theme

The workshop ‘Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery’ is part of a series of conferences organized by the Grotiana Foundation preceding the celebration in 2025 of the 400th anniversary of Grotius’ opus magnum On the Law of War and Peace (De iure belli ac pacis) published in 1625. Previous conferences in this series have dealt with, e.g., ‘Grotius’ Contribution to Commercial and Maritime Law’ and ‘Non-consequential theories of strict liability in historical perspective.’ The workshop is co-organized by the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence of the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with the Amsterdam Law Hub, with Grotiana, and with the ‘Servus-project’ funded by the NWO.

Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) is generally regarded as one of the ‘founding fathers of modern international law.’ However, he was also one of the early architects of Dutch colonial and imperial rule in the East Indies. Between 1604 and 1615, he served the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a legal advisor and political lobbyist. In this capacity, he wrote memoranda and policy documents providing legal and political justifications for the Company’s commercial and military activities in monsoon Asia. In 1604, Grotius was commissioned by the VOC to write a treatise to defend the seizure of a Portuguese vessel off the coast of Johor (present-day Singapore). In the only published chapter of the treatise during his lifetime, titled The Free Sea (Mare Liberum), he argued that the Portuguese violated the natural rights of the Dutch by preventing them from sailing to the East Indies and engaging in trade with indigenous populations. As judicial recourse was lacking, even a private trading company such as the VOC could wage a ‘just war’ to enforce its natural rights. Grotian thinking about natural law, contracts and just war thus legitimized Dutch expansion overseas and the dispossession of the native.

Grotius’ On the Law of War and Peace is another case in point. Although the author was an exile in Paris by then, he relied on many years of practical experience as a VOC advisor and lobbyist in writing his magnum opus. In On the Law of War and Peace, he elaborates the views presented in On the Law of Prize and Booty by conceptualizing the natural rights to travel and free passage, the rights to settle in uninhabited lands and use natural resources, and the right to free trade between ‘persons at a distance’, invoked by Europeans to demand access to non-European markets and territories. On the Law of War and Peace also provides a legal justification of slavery as part of natural law and the law of nations. In the author’s view, those who are defeated in a just war can be enslaved under the law of nations, while human beings may also ‘voluntarily’ submit to slavery under natural law. Moreover, the children of the enslaved inherit the unfree status of their parents according to On the Law of War and Peace.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the many connections between Grotius’ thinking about natural law and the law of nations and his full-throated defense of European expansion overseas and slavery. We invite contributors to critically examine these connections by addressing the imperialist and colonialist readings of Grotius’ theory of natural rights, just war, property,

unequal treaties and alliances, monopoly contracts, slavery, and the role of private actors (e.g., trading companies). We specifically welcome contributions that engage with the following questions:

· What were non-European responses to, or engagement with, such imperialist and colonialist readings? For instance, how did East-Indian rulers receive and interpret, or indeed resist, Grotian conceptualizations of natural rights and (monopoly) contracts? Were alternative conceptualizations proposed to contest Grotius’ justification of slavery?

· What was the relationship between the ‘Grotian tradition of international law’ and colonial practices in the early modern and modern eras? How were Grotian discourses of international law used to justify colonial warfare, native dispossession and slavery in the Americas, Asia and Africa between the 17th and 20th centuries? For instance, how did Grotian ideas about natural law, freedom of trade and humanitarianism (protecting the oppressed from inhumane treatment) contribute to justifying colonial warfare, and what role did private trading companies play in these wars?

In addressing questions like these, we seek to understand the ambivalent relation between, on the one hand, Grotius’ innovate contributions to international law and humanitarianism, and, on the other hand, the use of his concepts to justify (Western) colonialism and imperialism.


A paper proposal of max. 300 words should be sent to and The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2024. Applicants will be notified by February 26th, 2024 whether their paper proposal has been accepted or not. The organizing committee will use two criteria in the selection of paper proposals: intellectual quality and potential fit with the workshop theme. The workshop is meant to be interdisciplinary and small-scale, allowing plenty of time for discussion and interaction. Available slots are limited. However, the committee’s aim is to invite speakers from diverse backgrounds (age, geography, gender, and career status). The workshop takes place on location. Speakers who are unable to participate in person may do so online. Unfortunately, the organizing committee is not able to cover the costs of accommodation or travel. Selected speakers are requested to obtain funding themselves. Each speaker will be given a 30-minutes time slot, which includes 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Our aim is to publish (revised versions of) the presented papers in a leading international journal related to Grotius, the history of international law, or the history of colonialism.

Organizing Committee

Inge Van Hulle (Leuven University and Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt am Main)

Martine van Ittersum (University of Dundee)

Jacob Giltaij (University of Amsterdam)

Jeroen Vervliet (Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg)

Marc de Wilde (University of Amsterdam)

Monday 6 November 2023

BOOK: Florian WAGNER, "Colonial Internationalism and the Governmentality of Empire, 1893–1982" (CUP, 2022)

Source: CUP


In 1893, a group of colonial officials from thirteen countries abandoned their imperial rivalry and established the International Colonial Institute (ICI), which became the world's most important colonial think tank of the twentieth century. Through the lens of the ICI, Florian Wagner argues that this international cooperation reshaped colonialism as a transimperial and governmental policy. The book demonstrates that the ICI's strategy of using indigenous institutions and customary laws to encourage colonial development served to maintain colonial rule even beyond the official end of empires. By selectively choosing loyalists among the colonized to participate in the ICI, it increased their autonomy while equally delegitimizing more radical claims for independence. The book presents a detailed study of the ICI's creation, the transcolonial activities of its prominent members, its interactions with the League of Nations and fascist governments, and its role in laying the groundwork for the structural and discursive dependence of the Global South after 1945.

Table of contents:

1 - “More Beautiful than the Nationalist Thought”?
pp 24-63
Colonialist Fraternization and the Birth of Transnational Cooperation

2 - A Transcolonial Governmentality Sui Generis
pp 64-109
The Invention of Emulative Development

3 - Politics of Comparison
pp 110-148
The Dutch Model and the Reform of Colonial Training Schools

4 - Cultivating the Myth of Transcolonial Progress
pp 149-172
The ICI and the Global Career of Buitenzorg’s Agronomic Laboratory

5 - The Adatization of Islamic Law and Muslim Codes of Development
pp 173-208

6 - Creating an “Anti-Geneva Bloc” and the Question of Representivity
pp 209-256

7 - Inventing Fascist Eurafrica at the Volta Congress
pp 257-280

8 - False Authenticity
pp 281-314
The Fokon’olona and the Cooperative World Commonwealth

9 - “That Has Been Our Program for Fifty Years”
pp 315-348
Sustained Development and Loyal Emancipation after 1945

pp 349-356

More information with CUP.

Tuesday 3 October 2023

BOOK: Jenny BENHAM, "International law in Europe, 700-1200" (Manchester University Press, 2023)

Source: MUP


Was there international law in the Middle Ages? Using treaties as its main source, this book examines the extent to which such a system of rules was known and followed in the period 700 to 1200. It considers how consistently international legal rules were obeyed, whether there was a reliance on justification of action and whether the system had the capacity to resolve disputed questions of fact and law. The book further sheds light on issues such as compliance, enforcement, deterrence, authority and jurisdiction, challenging traditional ideas over their role and function in the history of international law.

International law in Europe, 700-1200 will appeal to students and scholars of medieval Europe, international law and its history, as well as those with a more general interest in warfare, diplomacy and international relations.

Table of contents:
1 The sources of international law: treaties
2 That which is practised on a daily basis: displacement of people
3 The rules consistently obeyed: redress, amnesty, and transitional justice
4 Justifying action: law, responsibility, and deterrence
5 Resolving disputes: arbitration, mediation, and third-party intervention

Jenny Benham is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Cardiff University

Visit the publisher's website for more information.

Friday 29 September 2023

SPECIAL ISSUE: Histoire, économie & société 2023/3 (42e année), "Souveraineté économique, souveraineté politique" (Volume 3, 2023)


Source: Histoire, économie & société

Table of contents:

Page 4 à 6

Autour de la souveraineté économique

Éric Bussière

Page 7 à 22

La possibilité d’un port. Impasses économiques et espoirs déçus dans la ville internationale de Tanger (1912-1956)

Antoine Perrier

Page 23 à 43

Le CIC et Haïti (1875-1910)

Nicolas Stoskopf

Page 44 à 57

Les enjeux de l’industrie du billet de banque en guerre dans la France métropolitaine et son Empire colonial (1938-1945)

Mathieu Bidaux

Page 58 à 75

Défendre le « crédit » du billet : la Banque de France face aux opérations d’échange monétaire à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Matéo Teixeira

Page 76 à 87

Coordonner les politiques économiques en Europe du plan Werner à Maastricht. Autour des conceptions de Jacques Delors

Eric Bussière

Thursday 28 September 2023

BOOK: Catherine KESSEDJIAN, Olivier DESCAMPS, Teodolinda FABRIZI, "Au service du droit international: Les 150 ans de l’Association de droit international" (Éditions Panthéon-Assas, 2023)


Source: Editeurs Panthéon-Assas

Faire le bilan de 150 ans au service du droit international relève d’une gageure probablement insurmontable. Pourtant, il paraissait important de porter un regard rétrospectif, notamment sur ces femmes et ces hommes qui ont écrit les grandes heures de l’Association de droit international (ADI), apportant une contribution intellectuelle, à maints égards décisive, au droit international. Dans un monde en crise, à nouveau polarisé, il est urgent de retracer l’histoire et les apports de l’ADI au droit international.

Le livre a été conçu en trois parties. La première partie présente l’état du monde en 1873 pour tenter de comprendre le contexte dans lequel les fondateurs de l’ADI ont conçu cette société savante. La deuxième partie présente l’organisation et les personnalités qui l’ont fait vivre. La troisième partie analyse l’influence des travaux de l’organisation sur le développement du droit international.

Table of Contents:

Page 1 à 4
Pages de début

Page 4
Liste des contributeurs

Page 5 à 7
Christine Chinkin

Page 9 à 12
Préface en quatre actes

Franck Latty
Page 13 à 34

Olivier Descamps, Teodolinda Fabrizi, Catherine Kessedjian
Page 35 à 42

The Position of the Director of Studies
Alfred H. A. Soons

Partie I. Le moment 1873
Page 45 à 55
1873 : des mondes africains à la croisée des chemins
Jean-Pierre Bat

Page 57 à 68
The Latin American Context Around 1873
Paulo Borba Casella

Page 69 à 86
Le théâtre, miroir de la bourgeoisie européenne dans les trente dernières années du xixe siècle
Annamaria Cascetta

Page 87 à 99
Les mondes asiatiques en 1873
Frédéric Constant

Page 101 à 114
1873, à la croisée des mutations de l’ordre international
Isabelle Dasque

Page 115 à 130
La philosophie occidentale en 1873
Laurent Fedi

Page 131 à 149
La philosophie américaine en 1873 – D’un monde à l’autre
Mathias Girel

Page 151 à 162
La doctrine internationaliste en 1873
Jean-Louis Halpérin

Page 163 à 166
American Idealists and the Founding of the International Law Association
Mark Weston Janis

Page 167 à 197
International Law in 1873
Martti Koskenniemi

Page 199 à 213
Les arts à Paris en 1873 – Avant la tempête
Dominique Lobstein

Page 215 à 231
La justice internationale à la fin du xixe siècle
Raphaëlle Nollez-Goldbach

Page 233 à 248
Regards portés sur l’économie internationale en 1873
Jean-Pierre Williot

Partie II. Les branches de l’association
Page 251 à 256
The Albanian Branch (since April 2014)
Erjon Muharremaj, Fjorda Shqarri, Gentian Zyberi

Page 257 à 266
The American Branch
James A. R. Nafziger, John E. Noyes

Page 267 à 272
The Argentine Branch
Ricardo R. Balestra

Page 273 à 283
The History of the Australian Branch
Keith Suter

Page 285 à 294
The Austrian Branch
August Reinisch

Page 295 à 299
The Brazilian Branch – An Overview of its 73-Year History
Lucas Carlos Lima, Marcílio Franca, Aziz Tuffi Saliba

Page 301 à 312
The British Involvement in the ILA
Jeremy Carver

Page 313 à 322
ILA-Canada – A History of Innovation and Forward-Thinking on International Law
Konstantia Koutouki

Page 323 à 327
The History of the Caribbean Branch
Chantal Ononaiwu

Page 329 à 340
The Dutch Branch – Koninklijke Nederlandsche Vereeniging voor International Recht (KNVIR)
Arthur Eyffinger

Page 341 à 345
The History of the Finnish Branch
Gustaf Möller, Lina Tornberg

Page 347 à 358
Regard historien sur la Branche française (1925-2021)
Dzovinar Kévonian

Page 359 à 367
The German Branch – Deutsche Vereinigung für Internationales Recht (DVIR)
Stephan Hobe

Page 369 à 373
A Short History of the Hungarian Branch
Vanda Lamm

Page 375 à 383
The History of the Irish Branch
Patricia Conlan

Page 385 à 392
Italy and the ILA – A History Spanning over Three Centuries
Gabriella Venturini

Page 393 à 403
One Hundred Years of the ILA Japan Branch
Shinya Murase

Page 405 à 406
The Korean Branch – Introduction and Achievements
Chang-Wee Lee

Page 407 à 408
The Founding of the Nicaraguan Branch
Amílcar Navarro Amador

Page 409 à 413
The History of the Norwegian Branch – Norsk forening for internasjonal rett
Stian Øby Johansen, Geir Ulfstein

Page 415 à 418
The Pakistan Branch
Arshad Ghaffar

Page 419 à 426
The Polish Branch
Ewelina Cała-Wacinkiewicz, Jerzy Menkes, Joanna Nowakowska-Małusecka, Wojciech Sz. Staszewski

Page 427 à 430
The History of the Portuguese Branch
Manuel de Almeida Ribeiro

Page 431 à 434
The Singapore Branch
Daphne Hong

Page 435 à 438
The History of the South African Branch
Clea Strydom

Page 439 à 444
The Spanish Branch
Julio González-Soria

Page 445 à 451
A Short History of the Swiss Branch
Andreas R. Ziegler

Partie III. L’influence des travaux de l’ADI sur le développement du droit international

Page 455 à 465
The Contribution of the ILA Committee on International Trade Law
Frederick M. Abbott

Page 467 à 479
The ILA’s Human Rights Committee and the Progressive Development of International Law
Christina M. Cerna

Page 481 à 498
L’influence du travail de l’ADI sur le développement du droit international dans les domaines de la protection des biens culturels
Marie Cornu, Manlio Frigo

Page 499 à 513
The Contribution of the ILA to the Development of International Water Law
Joseph W. Dellapenna

Page 515 à 520
Framing International Law for Sustainable Development
Kamal Hossain

Page 521 à 533
L’influence des travaux de l’ADI sur le développement du droit international en matière de procédure civile et commerciale
Patrick Kinsch, Vincent Richard

Page 535 à 550
The Influence of the Work of the ILA’s Space Law Committee on the Development of International Law
Irmgard Marboe

Page 551 à 565
Le droit à réparation des victimes de violations du droit international humanitaire
Photini Pazartzis

Page 567 à 582
Investment Law
August Reinisch

Page 583 à 608
Major Developments in the Law of State Immunity since the ILA Revised Articles for a Convention on State Immunity Presented at the Buenos Aires Conference in 1994
Jürgen Bröhmer, Georg Ress

Page 609 à 621
The Contribution of the International Law Association to the Development of International Law in Relation to Climate Change
Sara L. Seck

Page 623 à 646
L’influence des travaux de l’ADI sur la pratique de l’arbitrage international
Julie Spinelli

Page 647 à 659
Committee on International Securities Regulation
Peter Willis SC

Page 661 à 665
Les conférences de l’ADI
The ILA Conferences
Peter Willis SC

Page 667 à 677
Building Tomorrow’s ILA
From the Perspective of the ILA’s Younger Members

Page 679 à 700
Les contributeurs

Page 701 à 706
Pages de fin

More details with the publisher.

Tuesday 26 September 2023

SEMINAR & GRANT OPPORTUNITY: The Haiti Seminar /Le Séminaire Haïti: Money, Finance and Sovereignty, 1825-2025

 The Haiti Seminar /Le Séminaire Haïti

Money, Finance and Sovereignty


 The Haiti Seminar

While not exclusively centered on Haiti, the Haiti Seminar finds its motivation in the profound impact of the tragedy of Haiti's debt on collective memory, as underlined for instance in the series of articles the New York Times devoted in the Spring of 2022 to the legacy of Haiti's debt of 1826. Haiti's "odious debt" started with the indemnification of slave-owners imposed by the French government in 1825 as a condition for acknowledging Haiti's sovereignty. This episode serves as a pivot, a prime illustration of the importance of sovereign debt, and a significant case study.


Haiti's debt is particularly noteworthy due to its role in highlighting the intricate connections between money, debt, sovereignty, and international law. The mechanics of Haiti's so-called double debt -- on the one hand the reparations owed to former plantation owners for the loss of their property, and on the other hand, the financial debt which the state of Haiti owed to the investors who had subscribed to the bond issued to pay-off the indemnity -- summon crucial aspects of modern global capitalism.

While the original focus will be on Haiti's debt (to which we will keep returning), the Seminar intends to operate a broadening of the perspective, covering diverse historical experiences during the two centuries following the original settlement of Haiti's double debt. More broadly, the Seminar is meant to provide a venue for researchers interested in the international politics of debt, money and state-making. It will feature a combination of paper presentations (based on circulated drafts) and less frequently, round tables devoted for instance to the discussion of new books.

The Seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to bring together scholars from diverse academic backgrounds. In particular, it will invite historians, economists and legal scholars to debate their perspectives and engage in fruitful exchanges. It seeks in particular to foster discussions that encompass both case studies and comparative approaches and enable to put in historical perspective questions of debt sustainability, debt forgiveness, conditionality, political control, etc.


The Haiti Seminar is led by Marc Flandreau at the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the School of Social Sciences and Government of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara. It is conceived to operate over a three-year period, commencing in 2023-24. The project will distribute a series of research grants. In particular, 10 Doctoral Prizes of 5,000 USD each will be awarded to registered PhD students located anywhere in the world and working on the history and economics of sovereign debt, a funding initiative supported by Crédit Mutuel, Paris. The Seminar takes place online on Thursdays at 12pm (Haiti Time)/ 6 pm (Paris Time). It will be concluded by an academic conference in the Summer of 2026.


Source: UPenn

Monday 25 September 2023

BOOK: George FORJI AMIN, "International Law and the History of Resource Extraction in Africa:Capital Accumulation and Underdevelopment, 1450-1918" (Routledge, 2023)

Source: Routledge
This book investigates the historical economic and legal regimes that legitimated the resource extraction and exploitation of Africa between the 15th and 19th centuries and led to the continent’s trajectory of underdevelopment in the world system. The book interrogates the economic and legal structures that supported European intervention in Africa. It explores the trade and private property rights which were to shape the economic future of the continent, most notably the trade in human beings as legitimate private property by European powers. The book then looks at the techniques used to submerge African sovereignty under European sovereignty during the scramble for territorial control in the 19th century, concluding with the validation of occupation in international law following the 1884–1885 Berlin Conference. The book argues that the doctrines of trade and property rights sanctioned by international law led to a trend of African dispossession that set the continent on a path to underdevelopment, with long-reaching consequences. This book will be of interest to researchers and students across law, history, economics, international relations, and African studies

Table of Contents: 
1 The Third World and Nature of World Order
2 From Latin America to Africa: Primitive Accumulation, the Modality of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Incorporation into the World Order
3 People as Property: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, International Law, and the Making of the New World
4 Industrial Capitalism, Concepts of Improvement, and the Civilising Mission Metaphor in Africa
5 The Scramble for Africa: Non-State Actors and Acquisitions by Cession Treaties
6 Public Law Arrangements: The Pursuit for Free Trade, the Berlin Conference 1884–1885 and the Partition of Africa
7 General Concluding Remarks

More details with the publisher.

BOOK: Isabelle DAVION & Stanislas JEANNESSON (eds.), "Les traités de paix, 1918-1923: La paix les uns contre les autres" (Sorbonne Université Presse, 2023)

Source: SUP

Considérer comme un tout l’ensemble des traités conclus de 1918 à 1923, envisager de façon globale l’espace européo-méditerranéen, affecté dans sa totalité par une « guerre sans fin », interroger les premières années d’application des traités, lesquelles opèrent la bascule entre la sortie de guerre et l’entrée en paix, tels sont les objectifs de cet ouvrage, issu du renouvellement historiographique occasionné par le centenaire de la Grande Guerre.

De Brest-Litovsk à Lausanne, en passant par Versailles ou Trianon, la vingtaine de traités qui se succèdent en cinq années, dans des contextes très différents, ont pour point commun de mettre un terme, parfois de façon très provisoire, à un état de guerre qui, pour nombre de peuples d’Europe centre-orientale et du Moyen-Orient, se prolonge sous diverses formes bien au-delà de 1918. Ils s’efforcent en outre, avec plus ou moins de réussite, de mettre en place un nouveau système international, en mobilisant des acteurs multiples – dirigeants, diplomates, experts, opinions publiques – et des principes nouveaux, dont le droit des peuples à disposer d’eux-mêmes et la sécurité collective, contribuant ainsi à façonner en grande partie l’Europe et le monde contemporains.

Consult SUP for more information.

JOURNAL: American Journal of International Law Unbound, "Special Issue: 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association" (Volume 117, 2023)

The latest issue of AJIL Unbound comprises a dedicated section on the history of international law, in particular the Institut de droit international and the International Law Association. Consult AJIL's website for more information.

Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Symposium on 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association: Cause for Celebration or Concern?

Introduction to the Symposium on 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association: Cause for Celebration or Concern?
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Jeffrey L. Dunoff

The Institutionalization of International Law at a Crossroads: Pacifists, Jurists, and the Creation of the ILA and the IDI
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Xiaohang Chen

Legal Knowledge as Social and Political Capital
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Sara Dezalay

The Institute of International Law and the Colonial Phenomenon
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Georges Abi-Saab

Unveiling the “Legal Conscience of the Civilized World:” a Critical Look at the Institut de Droit International
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Julia Emtseva

The IDI, The ILA, and their Impact on the Institutionalization of International Law in the Americas: Resonances and Dissonances
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Juan Pablo Scarfi

The International Law Commission, the Institut, and States
Part of 150 Years of the Institut de Droit International and the International Law Association
Dire Tladi

Friday 1 September 2023

SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: Prof. Martti Koskenniemi on "The Law of an International Civil Society: The Road not Taken" (Brussels: VUB/Hybrid, 15 September 2023)

On Friday 15 September, at the invitation of drs. Wouter De Rycke and dr. Raphaël Cahen, Prof. em. dr. dr. h.c. mult. Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki, doctor honoris causa of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2023) will hold a public keynote entitled: 

The Law of an International Civil Society: The Road not Taken

This lecture will take place in Room I.0.02 on the VUB's Campus of Humanities, Sciences and Engineering at 09:45. It is also possible to attend the lecture online. 

Prof. Koskenniemi's lecture is the keynote of a symposium  Imagining Peace in the Long Nineteenth Century (1789-1914). In Search of New Actors and Vocabularies assembled by drs. Wouter De Rycke and dr. Raphaël Cahen

The symposium ‘Imagining Peace in the Long Nineteenth Century. In search of New Actors and Vocabularies’ aims to investigate unofficial forms of normative peace-thinking in the long nineteenth century. In the period roughly between 1789 and 1914, political, legal, economic, and cultural developments made a radical and lasting impact on the possible representations of peace. Significant sections of European and American society came to define peace not simply as the mere ‘absence of war’, but as a desirable, long-term condition in which disputes were consistently settled pacifically. Changing patterns of communication and political agency increasingly enabled new actors from within civil society to contest these realities. Outside of the narrow circles olaat f government and high diplomacy, a plethora of new actors campaigned for a new kind of international law. Their ideal was ‘peace through law’. Our symposium investigates the legal imagination of ordinary lawyers, philanthropists, economists, feminists, nationalists, and pacifists. In his public opening lecture, professor Koskenniemi will engage with these questions. What were the roads not taken? 

Contact the organizers for further information.

Source: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Contextual Research in Law

Thursday 24 August 2023

BOOK: David KENNEDY & Martti KOSKENNIEMI, "Of Law and the World: Critical Conversations on Power, History, and Political Economy" (HUP, 2023)

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A searching dialogue between two leading legal scholars exploring the place of law in global affairs.

The modern world is legalized: legal language, institutions, and professionals are everywhere. But what is law’s power in global life? What does all this legality have to do with hegemony, with hierarchy and inequality, and with the diversity of human experience? What is its history and how does that history matter in world affairs? Above all, what does it mean to think “critically” about law and global affairs? In this poignant and iconoclastic book, two leading scholars take us to the heart of the matter, examining law’s relationship with history, power, and political economy.

David Kennedy and Martti Koskenniemi have often inspired each other and are both considered “critical” voices in international law, but they have never explored their similarities and differences as deeply as they do here. Of Law and the World takes the form of a conversation, as the authors reflect on the study of international law, the motivations underlying their research, and the payoffs and limitations of their investigations into law’s role in global affairs. They revisit and renew debates about the past and future of the many legalities that shape our world.

Erudite, open-minded, and informed by decades of experience and observation, Of Law and the World is an unflinchingly honest confrontation with humanity’s struggle to live together.
Conversation 1: What Is Critique?
Conversation 2: What Is International Law?
Conversation 3: International Law and Power
Conversation 4: Many International Legalities: Hegemony and Differentiation
Conversation 5: International Legal History as Critique
Conversation 6: Law in the Political Economy of the World
Conversation 7: Concluding Thoughts, Open Questions
Authors’ Works Cited

See HUP website for more information.

Tuesday 15 August 2023

BOOK: Lauren BENTON, "They Called It Peace: Worlds of Imperial Violence" (Princeton University Press, 2024)

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Imperial conquest and colonization depended on pervasive raiding, slaving, and plunder. European empires amassed global power by asserting a right to use unilateral force at their discretion. They Called It Peace is a panoramic history of how these routines of violence remapped the contours of empire and reordered the world from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries.

In an account spanning from Asia to the Americas, Lauren Benton shows how imperial violence redefined the very nature of war and peace. Instead of preparing lasting peace, fragile truces insured the easy return to war. Serial conflicts and armed interventions projected a de facto state of perpetual war across the globe. Benton describes how seemingly limited war sparked atrocities, from sudden massacres to long campaigns of dispossession and extermination. She brings vividly to life a world in which warmongers portrayed themselves as peacemakers and Europeans imagined “small” violence as essential to imperial rule and global order.

Holding vital lessons for us today, They Called It Peace reveals how imperial violence of the past has made perpetual war and the threat of atrocity endemic features of the international order.

About the author: 

Lauren Benton is the Barton M. Biggs Professor of History at Yale University and recipient of the Toynbee Prize for significant contributions to global history. Her books include A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400–1900 and (with Lisa Ford) Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800–1850.

More information with Princeton University Press.

Friday 4 August 2023

BOOK: Mlada BUKANOVSKY, Edward KEENE, Christian REUS-SMIT & Maja SPANU, "The Oxford Handbook of History and International Relations" (OUP, 2023)

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Historical approaches to the study of world politics have always been a major part of the academic discipline of International Relations, and there has recently been a resurgence of scholarly interest in this area. This Oxford Handbook examines the past and present of the intersection between history and IR, and looks to the future by laying out new questions and directions for research.

Seeking to transcend well-worn disciplinary debates between historians and IR scholars, the Handbook asks authors from both fields to engage with the central themes of 'modernity' and 'granularity'. Modernity is one of the basic organising categories of speculation about continuity and discontinuity in the history of world politics, but one that is increasingly questioned for privileging one kind of experience and marginalizing others. The theme of granularity highlights the importance of how decisions about the scale and scope of historical research in IR shape what can be seen, and how one sees it. Together, these themes provide points of affinity across the wide range of topics and approaches presented here.

The Handbook is organized into four parts. The first, 'Readings', gives a state-of-the-art analysis of numerous aspects of the disciplinary encounter between historians and IR theorists. Thereafter, sections on 'Practices', 'Locales', and 'Moments' offer a wide variety of perspectives, from the longue durée to the ephemeral individual moment, and challenge many conventional ways of defining the contexts of historical enquiry about international relations. Contributors come from a range of academic backgrounds, and present a diverse array of methodological and philosophical ideas, as well as their various historical interests.

The Oxford Handbooks of International Relations is a twelve-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and innovative engagements with the principal sub-fields of International Relations.

The series as a whole is under the General Editorship of Christian Reus-Smit of the University of Queensland and Duncan Snidal of the University of Oxford, with each volume edited by specialists in the field. The series both surveys the broad terrain of International Relations scholarship and reshapes it, pushing each sub-field in challenging new directions. Following the example of Reus-Smit and Snidal's original Oxford Handbook of International Relations, each volume is organized around a strong central thematic by scholars drawn from different perspectives, reading its sub-field in an entirely new way, and pushing scholarship in challenging new directions.

Table of Contents:

Part I. Introduction
1:Modernity and Granularity in History and International Relations, Mlada Bukovansky and Edward Keene
Part II. Readings
2:Origins, Histories, and the Modern International, R. B. J. Walker
3:Historical Realism, Michael C. Williams
4:Liberal Progressivism and International History, Lucian M. Ashworth
5:Historical Sociology in International Relations, Maïa Pal
6:Global History and International Relations, George Lawson and Jeppe Mulich
7:International Relations and Intellectual History, Duncan Bell
8:Gender, History, and International Relations, Laura Sjoberg
9:Postcolonial Histories of International Relations, Zeynep Gulsah Capan
10:International Relations Theory and the Practice of International History, Peter Jackson and Talbot Imlay
11:Global Sources of International Thought, Chen Yudan
Part III. Practices
12:State, Territoriality, and Sovereignty, Jordan Branch and Jan Stockbruegger
13:Diplomacy, Linda S. Frey and Marsha L. Frey
14:Empire, Martin J. Bayly
15:Barbarism and Civilization, Yongjin Zhang
16:Race and Racism, Nivi Manchanda
17:Religion, History, and International Relations, Cecelia Lynch
18:Rights, Andrea Paras
19:The Diplomacy of Genocide, A. Dirk Moses
20:War and History in World Politics, Tarak Barkawi
21:Nationalism, James Mayall
22:Interpolity Law, Lauren Benton
23:Regulating Commerce, Eric Helleiner
24:Development, Corinna R. Unger
25:Governing Finance, Kevin L. Young and Signe Predmore
26:Revolution, Eric Selbin
Part IV. Locales (Spatial, Temporal, Cultural)
27:The 'Premodern' World, Julia Costa Lopez
28:Modernity and Modernities in International Relations, Ayse Zarakol
29:The 'West' in International Relations, Jacinta O'Hagan
30:The Eighteenth Century, Daniel Gordon
31:The Long Nineteenth Century, Quentin Bruneau
32:The Pre-Colonial African State System, John Anthony Pella, Jr.
33:The 'Americas' in the History of International Relations, Michael Gobat
34:'Asia' in the History of International Relations, David C. Kang
35:The 'International' and the 'Global' in International History, Or Rosenboim
Part V. Moment
36:The Fall of Constantinople, Jonathan Harris
37:The Peace of Westphalia, Andrew Phillips
38:The Seven Years War, Karl W. Schweizer
39:The Haitian Revolution, Musab Younis
40:The Congress of Vienna, Jennifer Mitzen and Jeff Rogg
41:The Revolutions of 1848, Daniel M. Green
42:The Indian 'Mutiny', Alexander E. Davis
43:The Berlin and Hague Conferences, Claire Vergerio
44:World War One and Versailles, Duncan Kelly
45:Sykes-Picot, Megan Donaldson
46:World War Two and San Francisco, Daniel Gorman
47:The Bandung Conference, Christopher J. Lee
48:Facing Nuclear War: Luck, Learning, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Richard Ned Lebow and Benoît Pelopidas
Part V. Conclusion
49:History and the International: Time, Space, Agency, and Language, Maja Spanu and Christian Reus-Smit

Thursday 20 July 2023

BOOK: Olivier DESCAMPS, Teodolinda FABRIZI & Catherine KESSEDJIAN (eds.), "Au service du droit international/To the benefit of international law - Les 150 ans de l'association de droit international/150 years of the international law association" (Paris, 2023)


Faire le bilan de 150 ans au service du droit international relève d’une gageure probablement insurmontable. Pourtant, il paraissait important de porter un regard rétrospectif, notamment sur ces femmes et ces hommes qui ont écrit les grandes heures de l’Association de droit international (ADI), apportant une contribution intellectuelle, à maints égards décisive, au droit international. Dans un monde en crise, à nouveau polarisé, il est urgent de retracer l’histoire et les apports de l’ADI au droit international. Le livre a été conçu en trois parties. La première partie présente l’état du monde en 1873 pour tenter de comprendre le contexte dans lequel les fondateurs de l’ADI ont conçu cette société savante. La deuxième partie présente l’organisation et les personnalités qui l’ont fait vivre. La troisième partie analyse l’influence des travaux de l’organisation sur le développement du droit international. — Taking stock of 150 years of service to international law is probably an insurmountable challenge. Nevertheless, it seemed important to look backwards, notably on the women and men who made the highlights of the International Law Association (ILA), thus providing for an intellectual contribution, in many respects decisive, to international law. In a world in crisis, once more polarised, it is urgent to recount the history of the ILA and its valuable inputs to international law. The book was conceived in three parts. The first part presents the state of the world in 1873 in order to understand the context in which the Founders of the ILA conceived this learned society. The second part presents the organisation and the personalities that have brought it to life. The third part analyses the influence of the organisation’s work on the development of international law.

On the editors:

Catherine Kessedjian est professeur émérite de l’Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas. Elle centre ses activités sur l’arbitrage, la médiation et la conciliation ainsi que sur le conseil dans le cadre de contentieux économiques transnationaux ou de la vigilance (due diligence). Elle est la présidente honoraire de la Branche française de l’ILA. Olivier Descamps est professeur à l’Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas et directeur du Centre d’Étude d’Histoire Juridique. Il est intéressé par les questions d’histoire du droit du commerce international, mais aussi par histoire le droit international public et le droit international privé. Teodolinda Fabrizi est doctorante en droit international public à l’Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas. Elle s’intéresse à la théorie du droit international, au droit de l’environnement, au droit de l’eau et aux droits de l’homme.

More information here

Monday 3 July 2023

JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international, Volume 25 (2023), Issue 2 (Jun 2023)

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Petro-States’ Shaping of International Law

Author: Lys Kulamadayil

Pages: 161–188

Planning for the Aftermath. Longue Durée Histories for a New International Legal Order in Kelsen, Lauterpacht and De Visscher

Author: Jacob Giltaij

Pages: 189–217

A History of Double Criminality in Extradition

Author: Neil Boister

Pages: 218–257

The Alaskan Fur-Seal Crisis: Science, Capital, and Multilateralism in the Settlement of International Biodiversity Disputes

Author: James Hickling

Pages: 258–295

Book reviews

The Invention of Custom. Natural Law and the Law of Nations, ca. 1550–1750 , written by Francesca Iurlaro

Author: Alain Wijffels

Pages: 297–303

More info with Brill.

BOOK: Peter JACKSON, William MULLIGAN & Glenda SLUGA, "Peacemaking and International Order after the First World War" (CUP, 2023)


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The Paris peace settlements following the First World War remain amongst the most controversial treaties in history. Bringing together leading international historians, this volume assesses the extent to which a new international order, combining old and new political forms, emerged from the peace negotiations and settlements after 1918. Taking account of new historiographical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of peacemaking after the First World War, it views the peace negotiations and settlements after 1918 as a site of remarkable innovations in the practice of international politics. The contributors address how a wide range of actors set out new ways of thinking about international order, established innovative institutions, and revolutionised the conduct of international relations. They illustrate the ways in which these innovations were merged with existing practices, institutions, and concepts to shape the international order that emerged out of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

Table of Content:

1 - Introduction pp 1-34

By Peter Jackson, William Mulligan, Glenda Sluga

Part I - Ordering Concepts pp 35-176

2 - Vocabularies of Self-Determination in 1919 pp 37-64

The Co-Constitution of Race and Gender in International Law

By Sarah C. Dunstan

3 - Recasting the ‘Fabric of Civilisation’ pp 65-90

The Paris Peace Settlement and International Law

By Marcus M. Payk

4 - State Sovereignty pp 91-113

By Leonard V. Smith

5 - The Crisis of Power Politics pp 114-150

By Peter Jackson, William Mulligan

6 - The Challenge of an Absent Peace in the French and British Empires after 1919 pp 151-176

By Martin Thomas

Part II - Institutions pp 177-286

7 - A ‘New Diplomacy’? pp 179-201

The Big Four and Peacemaking, 1919

By Alan Sharp

8 - The League of Nations pp 202-226

The Creation and Legitimisation of International Civil Service

By Karen Gram-Skjoldager

9 - The Treaty of Versailles, German Disarmament and the International Order of the 1920s pp 227-245

By Andrew Webster

10 - Planning for International Financial Order pp 246-265

The Call for Collective Responsibility at the Paris Peace Conference

By Jennifer Siegel

11 - Raw Materials and International Order from the Great War to the Crisis of 1920–21 pp 266-286

By Jamie Martin

Part III - Actors and Networks pp 287-378

12 - The Great Conversation pp 289-312

A Discussion on Peace after the First World War

By Carl Bouchard

13 - An Alternative International Relations pp 313-336

Socialists, Socialist Internationalism and the Post-War Order

By Talbot Imlay

14 - The Paris Peace Conference and the Origins of Global Feminism pp 337-360

By Mona L. Siegel

15 - Colonial Nationalists and the Making of a New International Order pp 361-378

By Erez Manela

Part IV - Counterpoint pp 379-414

16 - The Persistence of Old Diplomacy pp 381-406

The Paris Peace Settlement in Perspective

By T. G. Otte


Afterword pp 407-414

New Histories of International Order

By Glenda Sluga

See CUP for more information.

Monday 19 June 2023

BOOK: Priyasha SAKSENA, "Sovereignty, International Law, and the Princely States of Colonial South Asia", Series: The History and Theory of International Law (CUP, 2023)

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What constitutes a sovereign state in the international legal sphere? This question has been central to international law for centuries. Sovereignty, International Law, and the Princely States of Colonial South Asia provides a compelling exploration of the history of sovereignty through an analysis of the jurisdictional politics involving a specific set of historical legal entities.

Governed by local rulers, the princely states of colonial South Asia were subject to British paramountcy whilst remaining legally distinct from directly ruled British India. Their legal status and the extent of their rights remained the subject of feverish debates through the entirety of British colonial rule. This book traces the ways in which the language of sovereignty shaped the discourse surrounding the legal status of the princely states to illustrate how the doctrine of sovereignty came to structure political imagination in colonial South Asia and the framework of the modern Indian state.

Opening with a survey of the place of the princely states in the colonial structures of South Asia, Sovereignty, International Law, and the Princely States of Colonial South Asia goes on to illustrate how international lawyers, British politicians, colonial officials, rulers and bureaucrats of princely states, and anti-colonial nationalists in British India used definitions of sovereignty to construct political orders in line with their interests and aspirations. By invoking the vernacular of sovereignty in contrasting ways to support their differing visions of imperial and world order, these actors also attempted to reconfigure the boundaries among the spheres of the national, the imperial, and the international. Throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, debates and disputes over the princely states continually defined and redefined the concept of sovereignty and international legitimacy in South Asia.

Using rich material from the colonial archives, Sovereignty, International Law, and the Princely States of Colonial South Asia conveys an understanding of the history of sovereignty and the construction of the modern Indian nation-state that is still relevant today. A riveting read, this book will be of considerable interest and importance to scholars of international law and South Asia, legal historians, and political scientists.

  • Places the princely states of colonial South Asia at the heart of debates over the boundaries of international law
  • Examines debates over the legal status of the princely states to analyse the relationship between colonialism and international law in South Asia
  • Draws on extensive archival research to present legal arguments made by international lawyers, British politicians, colonial officials, rulers and bureaucrats of princely states, and anticolonial nationalists in British India
  • Explores the changing meaning of sovereignty in colonial South Asia

Table of Contents:

2:Setting the Stage: The Legal Construction of British Paramountcy
3:Jousting Over Jurisdiction: Sovereignty Debates in the Aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion
4:The Controversy Over Divisible Sovereignty: The Princes and the Indian States Committee
5:Political Negotiations: The Princes in the Federation Debates
6:Building the Nation: The Princely States in the Age of Decolonization

Author Information:

Priyasha Saksena, Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds

Priyasha Saksena is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. Her research focuses on the historical development of legal concepts and institutions within the British empire and their contemporary effects. She is particularly interested in exploring how legal doctrines such as sovereignty have shaped the relationship between international law and colonialism.

Tuesday 13 June 2023

BOOK: Simon HINRICHSEN, "When Nations Can't Default: A History of War Reparations and Sovereign Debt" (CUP, 2023)

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War reparations have been large and small, repaid and defaulted on, but the consequences have almost always been significant. Ever since Keynes made his case against German reparations in The Economic Consequences of the Peace, the effects of transfer payments have been hotly debated. When Nations Can't Default tells the history of war reparations and their consequences by combining history, political economy, and open economy macroeconomics. It visits often forgotten episodes and tells the story of how reparations were mostly repaid - and when they were not. Analysing fifteen episodes of war reparations, this book argues that reparations are unlike other sovereign debt because repayment is enforced by military and political force, making it a senior liability of the state.
  • Provides a thorough review of recent war reparations, which has not been compiled before
  • Makes sovereign debt theory accessible to readers without specialized training in economics
  • Gives readers an understanding of why countries pay reparations, even if it makes no economic sense and has disastrous consequences

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. A framework for war reparations
3. Sovereign debt
4. Napoleonic Wars reparations
5. Haiti indemnity and sovereign debt
6. Franco-Prussian War indemnities
7. Smaller 19th century war reparations
8. German World War I reparations
9. Russian and Bulgarian World War I reparations
10. World War II reparations to the Soviet Bloc.

Visit CUP's website for more information.

Thursday 8 June 2023

WORKSHOP: "New international histories of decolonisation and the United Nations", (EUI/Zoom, 14 June 2023)


This workshop will explore new research into international histories of decolonisation, with a focus on the United Nations. Bringing together academics and experts on both topics, the workshop will examine the various ways in which the UN facilitated and hindered decolonisation in the mid-twentieth century and demonstrate how colonial and neo-colonial behaviours persist in present times.

The workshop will consist of two panel discussions, both providing an opportunity for the invited academics to share their research through presentations, followed by a Q&A.

The first discussion will focus on three specific UN structures to better understand how different, often peripheral parts of the UN, dealt with decolonisation campaigns in the past. The second panel invites scholars who examine cases of ongoing colonisation, including the Rwenzururu Kingdom in western Uganda, West Papua and Palestine. This discussion will explore the international dimensions of decolonisation in the present, captivating not only historians but researchers and experts across the EUI who are interested in the UN from a variety of perspectives.

Please register in order to get a seat or the ZOOM link.

Scientific Organiser(s):

Siobhan Amelia Smith (European University Institute)


Siobhan Amelia Smith (European University Institute)


Emma Kluge (EUI)

Alessia Tortolini (University of Pisa/the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University in The Hague)

Yusra Abdullahi (University of Leiden)

Alanna O Malley (University of Leiden)

Margot Tudor (University of Exeter)

Anne Irfan (University College London)

Consult the EUI event page for more information.

Wednesday 7 June 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: XXVIIth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians, "Meetings of Legal Culture" (University of Sarajevo, 21-23 September 2023, DEADLINE: 1 July 2023)

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XXVIIth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians Sarajevo, (21 - 23 September 2023)


We are pleased to announce a call for papers for our upcoming gathering, which aims to explore the convergence of legal cultures. This event seeks to provide a platform for young legal historians to share their latest research on the meeting of legal cultures. We welcome papers that examine the challenges and opportunities presented by cross-cultural encounters, and that shed light on the ways in which legal systems have evolved and adapted to new contexts. 

The convergence of legal cultures between the Orient and Occident has played a pivotal role in the development of law throughout history. As the East and West have interacted and exchanged ideas, legal systems have adapted and evolved to new contexts. However, these encounters have also presented significant challenges, particularly when reconciling conflicting norms and protecting fundamental values. The ongoing encounter of legal cultures between the Orient and Occident remains a critical aspect of legal history, shaping the evolution of law and promoting a more interconnected and just legal system that embraces both Eastern and Western perspectives.

The study of the convergence of legal cultures is crucial for legal history because it sheds light on the ways in which legal systems have developed and interacted with each other over time. By examining how legal systems have evolved through cross-cultural encounters, legal historians can gain insight into the complex dynamics of legal change and devel
opment. Moreover, the study of the convergence of legal cultures can help legal historians to uncover the diverse range of legal traditions that have existed throughout history, and to appreciate the unique contributions that different legal systems have made to the evolution of law. Ultimately, by studying the convergence of legal cultures, legal historians can better understand the complex and dynamic nature of law, and can contribute to the development of a more inclusive and diverse legal history.

The following are not an exhaustive list of topics we would like to see submissions fall under:

1. Meeting of legal cultures

2. Religious law

3. Roman law 

4. Modern legal systems

We believe that the conference gives young legal historians a unique opportunity to present their research in the field and to get acquainted with the interdisciplinary approaches presented by their colleagues from around the world. If you would like to present a paper during the conference, please send an application including an abstract of not more than 250 words and your CV to before 1st of July. Presentations have to be in English and should not exceed 20 minutes each. 

The conference fee will be € 150 (for online participants €100) - and does not include travel and accommodation. After 1st of July accepted papers will be informed and will be contacted further to complete the registration by paying the conference fee.

Best Regards,

Organizing Committee

For more details, visit the AYLH website.