ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

dinsdag 21 maart 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: ESIL IG History of International Law Preconference workshop "Historical Perspectives on Fairness in International Law", 2023 ESIL Annual Conference “Is International Law Fair?”, Aix-en-Provence (DEADLINE: 14 April 2023)


Call for Papers: Historical Perspectives on Fairness in International Law

The ESIL Interest Group on the History of International Law invites submissions of abstracts for its upcoming workshop on the theme Historical Perspectives on Fairness in International Law.

We are interested in exploring historically informed questions on the nature, variety and significance of the concept or the rhetorical assertion of fairness in international law. We understand fairness to be an element of many different frameworks of thinking about justice and the distribution of goods and of entitlements, including frameworks influenced by a plurality of moral, political, cultural and religious perspectives.

We welcome proposals that contribute an historical dimension and sensitivity to the question of fairness in international law, including but not limited to:

·        The delineation of discourses of fairness within the history and development of international law

·        The historical development and significance of fairness in specific areas of international law, such as international organisations and institutions, the human rights regime, international criminal justice or international economic law

·        The role of historical events and figures in shaping the concepts and discourses of fairness in international law

·        The impact of broader historical sociopolitical and sovereign processes in constructing the meanings of fairness in international law

·        The historical analysis of the deployment of fairness in international adjudication of disputes and in the governing instruments of dispute resolution institutions

·        The influence of historical understandings and articulations of fairness in international law on contemporary scholarship and practice

·        The historical evolution of the concept of fairness as it relates to the distribution of economic resources between sovereign states

We are particularly interested in papers that engage with non-Western perspectives on the history of fairness in international law, and that explore the contributions of scholars and practitioners from different regions of the world to the development of the concept of fairness. We welcome submissions from scholars and practitioners at all stages of their careers, and particularly encourage submissions from early-career scholars and scholars from underrepresented regions and perspectives.

Submissions should include an anonymized abstract of no more than 500 words in Word, accompanied by a separate file with a short bio of the author(s), contact information and the title of the abstract. The abstract should be submitted by the 14th of April to The workshop will take place on August 31st, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the day before the start of the main conference. It will allow participants to engage in a critical discussion of their research and receive feedback from other scholars and practitioners.

The Interest Group is unable to provide funding for travel and accommodation. Selected speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grants and ESIL carers’ grants will be available to offer partial financial support to speakers who have exhausted other potential sources of funding.

Please see the ESIL website for all relevant information about the conference.

All participants at ESIL Interest Group workshops are required to register for the Annual Conference. There will be an option to register just to attend the IG workshops; however, all participants are warmly invited to attend the entire event.

Selected speakers should indicate their interest in being considered for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize, if they meet the eligibility conditions as stated on the ESIL website. The ESIL Secretariat must be informed of all selected speakers who wish to be considered for the Prize before 30 April.

Markus Beham – Jaanika Erne – John Morss – Florenz Volkaert

maandag 13 maart 2023

BOOK: Andrea LEITER, "Making the World Safe for Investment: The Protection of Foreign Property 1922–1959" (CUP, 2023)

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Western governments, companies, economists and lawyers established the international legal order now known as international investment law to protect foreign property from a redistribution of wealth through domestic law making. This book offers a pre-history of these legal arrangements, focusing on the time before 1959 and the ratification of the first bilateral investment treaty and the ICSID Convention. It introduces new archival material, such as arbitral awards, diplomatic notes and concession agreements, as well as scholarly writings pertaining to developments in these proceedings. These materials are systematised into a coherent argument on the protection of foreign property. The book develops the important role of concession agreements and their internationalisation for the making of international investment law, thereby insisting on the private law character of the foundations of the field. In doing so it displays the analytic force of viewing law as jurisdictional practice, rather than as a system of norms.

Table of Contents:

Prologue pp xiii-xvi

Select 1 - Making the World Safe for Investment

1 - Making the World Safe for Investment pp 1-26

2 - The Palestine Railway Arbitration 1922 pp 27-49

3 - The Lena Goldfields Arbitration 1930 pp 50-73

4 - The Sheikh of Abu Dhabi Arbitration 1951 pp 74-106

5 - The Abs–Shawcross Draft Convention 1959 pp 107-135

Select 6 - Conclusions

6 - Conclusions pp 136-143

The World Is Safe for Investment

Bibliography pp 144-158

More information with CUP.

BOOK: Mónica GARCIA-SALMONES ROVIRA, "The Necessity of Nature: God, Science and Money in 17th Century English Law of Nature" (CUP, 2023)

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To understand our current world crises, it is essential to study the origins of the systems and institutions we now take for granted. This book takes a novel approach to charting intellectual, scientific and philosophical histories alongside the development of the international legal order by studying the philosophy and theology of the Scientific Revolution and its impact on European natural law, political liberalism and political economy. Starting from analysis of the work of Thomas Hobbes, Robert Boyle and John Locke on natural law, the author incorporates a holistic approach that encompasses global legal matters beyond the foundational matters of treaties and diplomacy. The monograph promotes a sustainable transformation of international law in the context of related philosophy, history and theology. Tackling issues such as nature, money, necessities, human nature, secularism and epistemology, which underlie natural lawyers' thinking, Associate Professor García-Salmones explains their enduring relevance for international legal studies today.
  • Uncovers the deep philosophical and theological questions at stake in the development of a more sustainable international law
  • Shows the relevance of natural law in contemporary natural and legal sciences
  • Explains the significance of Hobbes and Locke's theories and their interdisciplinary work
Table of Contents:
I Altering the Perception of Nature
II Nature and The Light of Nature
III Needs, Politics and Money
IV Necessity and Liberalism
IV Outline of Chapters
  • 1. A Christian Science: Searching for the Common Good and the Public Good
1.1 Deism, Neoplatonism and the Light of Reason
1.2 Scepticism and Moral Righteousness
1.3 Hobbes and Locke versus Filmer on Political Economy
1.4 The New Oeconomies: Household – State – Nature
  • 2. Hobbes's Doctrine of Necessity
2.1 Hobbes's Doctrine of Necessity and Existence
2.2 Necessitarian Metaphysics and (Human) Body in Avicenna and Hobbes
  • 3. Necessities, Natural Rights and Sovereignty in Leviathan
3.1 Hobbes's Necessity, Theology and Natural Laws
3.2 The Doctrine of Necessity in Leviathan
  • 4. Reformers on the Necessary Knowledge
4.1 Useful Knowledge as the Only Necessary Knowledge: Benjamin Worsley in Context
4.2 All-Encompassing Human Necessities
  • 5. Necessity, Free Will and Conscience: Robert Sanderson
5.1 Logician and Theologian
5.2 The Mechanical Conscience
  • 6. The Grand Business of Nature
6.1 The Oeconomy of Nature
6.2 The Fact of Man
6.3 The Grand Business of Nature
  • 7. Robert Boyle, the Empire over Nature
7.1 Nothing Is Necessary: Benjamin Worsley Revisited
7.2 The Transmutator of Nature
7.3 Undoing Nature
  • 8. Locke's Early Writings
8.1 Independent Judgment of Conscience, Public Order and Public Interest
8.2 Undoing Conscience
  • 9. Medicine, Oeconomy and Needs
9.1 The Oeconomy of Needs
9.2 Physicians and Oeconomia
  • 10. Money and the Doctrine of Necessities
10.1 Locke's Doctrine of Necessities
10.2 Usury, Interest and Science
  • 11. The Scientification of Money
11.1 The Science of Interest
11.2 The Morality of Capital
  • 12. The Doctrine of Necessities and the (Public) Good
12.1 Necessity and Necessities in Knowledge and Morality: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
12.2 Necessities, Dominion and Money in the Two Treatises of Government
  • Conclusions
Read more at CUP

woensdag 22 februari 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration, EUI (DEADLINE: 15 April 2023)


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The conference provides a unique setting for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss ongoing research related to the history of European integration. Graduate students from across Europe and beyond are encouraged to submit a paper for an opportunity to take part in the conference.

Organised by the Alcide de Gasperi Centre with financial support from the International Visegrad Fund and the EUI, the two-day graduate conference invites early career researchers from across Europe to present their work, receive feedback, and engage with senior scholars on historiographical and methodological approaches to European integration. The aim of the conference is to provide an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions, as well as advice on publishing and academic careers can be shared and debated. The 2023 edition aims expressly to include participants and topics representative of both eastern and western European approaches to research on European integration.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate network building and support research on European integration among doctoral and early career researchers (no more than 5 years after PhD completion) from across Europe, including those hailing from eastern Europe, the accession countries, and the western Balkans.

The programme is designed around sessions where selected participants present their submitted research papers for discussion and feedback, as well as presentations by more senior academics concerning academic publications and careers.

The conference has been made possible thanks to support from the International Visegrad Fund and the EUI.

More information on the EUI conference website.

woensdag 15 februari 2023

BLOG: Jaanika ERNE, "Revising the Syllabus of the Course 'Protection of Human Rights under EU Law'”

Jaanika Erne (University of Tartu), a member of the Coordinating Committee of the IG History of International Law, recently wrote a blog post on revising her course material. ESIL members can access the syllabus at the ESIL Teaching Corner. The course was worked out and read by Jaanika Erne at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu from 2004 to 2011 “Protection of Human Rights under EU Law” and is based on J. Erne’s M.A. Dissertation “Põhiõiguste ja -vabaduste areng ning kohtulik kaitse Euroopa Liidus” (Development of fundamental rights and their judicial protection in the European Union) defended in the University of Tartu in the year of 2004. Revising the old syllabus, the author interestingly found out that the topics discussed are still actual.

More information can also be found on the Ideas for Europe-platform.

maandag 6 februari 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS (Reminder): "Economic thought and the making of the euro: intellectual patterns and policymaking in European integration (1950s-1990s)", EUI (DEADLINE: 15 February 2023)


The European integration process and its institutions have been home to several strands of economic ideas, including Keynesianism and its historical evolutions; the neo-mercantilist school; social-oriented approaches; and market-oriented and neoliberal policy options, to name but a few (Slobodian and Plehwe 2019; Stiegler 2019; Ventresca 2021; Warlouzet 2018; Young 2018). The aim of this conference is to explore the development, circulation, discussion and confrontation of economic ideas that contributed to shape the setting up of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) throughout the second half of the twentieth century.

The economic, monetary and diplomatic dimensions of EMU have been widely studied (Dyson and Maes 2016; James 2012; Mourlon-Druol 2012) and the role that business actors, private banks and trade unions played – or failed to play – in designing EMU is increasingly scrutinised (Drach 2020; Ramirez Perez 2021). By contrast, the influence of economic ideas in the making of EMU is less researched. Which were the intellectual frameworks within which support for EMU emerged,
developed or was contested? How did alternative economic schools of thought confront each other in the making of EMU? To what extent did political interests and economic ideas intertwine and finally contribute to the settlement of the EEC (European Economic Community)’s economic and monetary architecture? Within this context, this conference has two aims. The first is to retrace the influence that economic ideas and the evolutions of international economic thinking had on the making of EMU. What schools of thought, what individuals and groups of individuals tried to shape the discourse and the making of EMU? The second is to analyse whether and how the making of EMU itself elicited significant transformations within the theoretical foundations of economic schools of thought between the post-WWII period and the early 1990s.

This conference is particularly interested in discussing topics which would revolve around the following issues in the making of EMU:
-The influence (or lack of influence) of individual schools of thoughts, including,
 but of course not limited to, keynesianism, neo-mercantilism, neoliberalism(s), ordoliberalism, socially-oriented thinking (including socialist and socialdemocratic actors, communist parties/thinkers; trade unions’ representatives)
- The confrontations between and within economic schools of thoughts as far as the construction of EMU was concerned
-The theoretical reconfiguration of specific schools of thought as EMU was being discussed
-How different groups of thinkers organised themselves to develop their influence
-Individual economists, technocrats, and intellectuals and their thinking on EMU

This conference focuses on the period from the 1950s (Treaty of Rome creating the
 EEC in 1957) to the decision to create an EMU in the 1990s (Treaty of Maastricht in 1991). Contributions can focus on shorter, more specific periods, or span the entire time frame. Proposals may also deal with pre-1950s events and debates on European economic and monetary cooperation that contribute to shed light on the later period. We welcome different methodological approaches in dealing with the theme of the conference, including but not limited to biography, prosopography, text mining and network analysis. The conference finally encourages a conversation between different historiographical traditions, including the history of ideas, the history of economic thought and international economic history.

The conference will take place on 27-28 April 2023 at the European University Institute in Florence.

Eligibility and how to apply:

PhD students, early career researchers, and confirmed researchers are invited to submit proposals. Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words outlining their proposal and a short CV by 15 February to the EURECON Project’s Administrator Miriam Curci ( writing ‘EURECON economic thinking conference application’ as the email subject line. Selected applicants will be informed by 1 March 2023.

Should your institution be unable to cover travel expenses and accommodation, the conference organisers will do so. For further information, please contact the EURECON Project’s Administrator Miriam Curci (Miriam.Curci@eui.eui).

Scientific committee

Professor Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow/European University Institute)

Dr Roberto Ventresca (European University Institute)


The conference is funded by the ERC-funded research project EURECON: The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992 (grant agreement No 716849).

Source: EUI newsletter

donderdag 2 februari 2023

BOOK: Christopher HUGHES & Hatsue SHINOHARA (eds.), "East Asians in the League of Nations Actors: Empires and Regions in Early Global Politics" (New Directions in East Asian History, Springer, 2023)


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This book looks at East Asian actors in the League of Nations to explore a pivotal moment in the early stage of the development of global international relations. It breaks new ground by drawing on extensive sources in East Asian languages to show how actors from the region played significant roles in shaping the emerging norms and practices that underpin the international system. The chapters cover cases from the three East Asian member states, namely China, Japan and Siam (Thailand) to address topics that involve the intersection of disciplinary fields, such as law and warfare, sovereignty and international organization, and public health and international co-operation. The research draws on new material that will be of interest to academic researchers and is presented in a style suitable for teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, especially for courses that strive to achieve a global outlook and the decolonization of the curriculum.

  • The first book to give full agency to East Asians in the emergence of the international system
  • The only book on the League of Nations that relies on extensive East Asian language sources
  • Scholars from East Asia and beyond challenge the Eurocentric narrative of global politics

Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating Eastern Asia and the League in Global International Relations
Christopher R. Hughes, Hatsue Shinohara
Pages 1-8

The League of Nations in a World of Empires

Liberal Internationalism Reconsidered: Inter-Imperialism, Liberalism, and the League of Nations in Asia and the Pacific
Tomoko Akami
Pages 11-36

The League’s Technical Work in the Years of Growing Nationalism
Harumi Goto-Shibata
Pages 37-57

Global Networks Between Civilisations

The Far-Eastern Bureau of the League of Nations: Linking the Regional and International Orders Through Health Work
Kayo Takuma
Pages 61-79

Japanese International Lawyers and the Codification of International Law in the League of Nations
Rikiya Takahashi
Pages 81-99

Intellectual Entanglements Between the League of Nations and Eastern Asia: Modernism or Anti-modernism?
Takashi Saikawa
Pages 101-118


Siam’s Attempt at Neutrality: Coping with the League of Nations’ Multilateralism
Teewin Suputtikun
Pages 121-144

Japan’s Diplomats in the League Council: The Challenge of Managing Power and Ideals in the Pacific Settlement of Disputes
Hatsue Shinohara
Pages 145-169

China’s Response to the Ethiopian Crisis (1935–1938)
Chang Li
Pages 171-194


Aborted Ideas of an Internationally Administered Manchuria: The Background to the Lytton Report
Haruo Tohmatsu
Pages 197-221

Public Opinion and the League: Newspaper Coverage of the Lytton Commission in China
Lunhai Mu
Pages 223-247

Sovereignty as ‘Organised Hypocrisy’: China’s Diplomats and the Lytton Commission
Christopher R. Hughes
Pages 249-275

Conclusion: Eastern Asia and the League—Shifting to a Global Perspective
Madeleine Herren
Pages 277-291

More information with Springer.

woensdag 1 februari 2023

LECTURE SERIES: Histories of International Law: Chinese and Global Perspectives, "Historicism and Chinese translations of international law in late Qing China" (Zoom/City University of Hong Kong, 17 February 2023)

The second 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 17 February 2023.

Prof. Qu Wensheng (East China University of Political Science and Law) and drs. Wan Li (East China University of Political Science and Law) will give a talk about "Historicism and Chinese translations of international law in late Qing China". Prof. Inge van Hulle (KULeuven) will act as discussant.

For more information on the lecture series, consult our previous blog post.

The program can be found below. Register using this link. Contact for more information.


LECTURE SERIES: Distinguished Lectures in the History of International Law, Martti KOSKENNIEMI, "The Legal History of International Power: Sovereignty & Property" (Zoom/City Univerity of Hong Kong, 21 February 2023)

The first lecture in the Distinguished Lectures in the History of International Law 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 21 February 2023.

Prof. Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki & New York University) will give a talk on "The Legal History of International Power: Sovereignty & Property".

For more information on the lecture series, consult our previous blog post.

The program can be found below. Register using this link. 

vrijdag 27 januari 2023

ROUNDTABLE REMINDER: "Missing Histories of International Economic Law Adjudication: Extraterritorial Quarters of the Past and the Present", ESIL IG History of International Law - International Economic Law (MSTeams, 31 January 2023)


Courts operating in ‘extraterritorial quarters’ or districts as dispute resolution mechanisms have been overlooked in international economic law. Whether in the form of courts acting in special zones (e.g., International Zone of Tangier, 1923-1956; Qatar Financial Centre, 2005-present) or the retired common law judges acting in small ‘market-dominant’ jurisdictions, the ‘extraterritorial quarters’ offer unique cases of international economic law adjudication where multiple legal systems collide within one single city.
The online roundtable is a joint effort of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)  International Economic Law and History of Internationational Law Interest groups,  together with Ghent University, KU Leuven, and UC Louvain, that will connect researchers from different places working on various ‘extraterritorial quarters’ of the past and the present.


woensdag 25 januari 2023

JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law, Volume 24, Issue 4 (December 2022)

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Spotlight Interview 2021

Gilad Ben-Nun, How Jewish Is International Law? (JHIL 2/2021)

Authors: Raphael Schäfer and Maren Körsmeier

Pages: 459–468


Acquisitive Prescription in Early Modern International Law

Author: Alexander Batson

Pages: 469–499

The Origins of Regional Ideas: International Law, External Legitimization and Latin America’s ‘legalismo’

Author: Nicole Jenne

Pages: 500–532

Disarmament Debates around the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and the 1921–1922 Washington Conference: Community-Oriented Aspirations and Individual Security Concerns

Author: Mika Hayashi

Pages: 533–560

Theorizing the Normative Significance of Critical Histories for International Law

Authors: Damian Cueni and Matthieu Queloz

Pages: 561–587

Book Reviews

Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination , written by Adom Getachew

Author: Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín

Pages: 589–595

The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War , written by Nicholas Mulder

Author: Hossein Askari

Pages: 596–600

More information with Brill.

dinsdag 24 januari 2023

BOOK: Richard BOURKE & Quentin SKINNER (eds), "History in the Humanities and Social Sciences" (CUP, 2022)

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This interdisciplinary volume explores the relationship between history and a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences: economics, political science, political theory, international relations, sociology, philosophy, law, literature and anthropology. The relevance of historical approaches within these disciplines has shifted over the centuries. Many of them, like law and economics, originally depended on self-consciously historical procedures. These included the marshalling of evidence from past experience, philological techniques and source criticism. Between the late nineteenth and the middle of the twentieth century, the influence of new methods of research, many indebted to models favoured by the natural sciences, such as statistical, analytical or empirical approaches, secured an expanding intellectual authority while the hegemony of historical methods declined in relative terms. In the aftermath of this change, the essays collected in History in the Humanities and Social Sciences reflect from a variety of angles on the relevance of historical concerns to representative disciplines as they are configured today.
  • Illustrates the benefits of an inter-disciplinary approach to research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Engages one of the central debates about the role of historical understanding in the human sciences
  • Showcases the work of leading scholars in the fields of history, politics, literature, economics, anthropology, law, sociology, and philosophy

Table of Contents:

1. Law and history, history and law - Michael Lobban
2. History, law, and the rediscovery of social theory - Samuel Moyn
3. The uses of history in the study of international politics - Jennifer Pitts
4. International relations theory and modern international order: the case of refugees - Mira Siegelberg
5. The Delphi syndrome: using history in the social sciences - Stathis Kalyvas and Daniel Fedorowycz
6. Power in narrative and narratives of power in historical sociology - Hazem Kandil
7. History and normativity in political theory: the case of Rawls - Richard Bourke
8. Political philosophy and the uses of history - Quentin Skinner
9. The relationship between philosophy and its history - Susan James
10. When reason does not see you: feminism at the intersection of history and philosophy - Hannah Dawson
11. On (lost and found) analytical history in political science - Ira Katznelson
12. Making history: poetry and prosopopoeia - Cathy Shrank
13. Reloading the British Romantic canon: the historical editing of literary texts - Pamela Clemit
14. Economics and history: analysing serfdom -Sheilagh Ogilvie
15. The return of depression economics: Paul Krugman and the 21st-century crisis of American democracy - Adam Tooze
16. Anthropology and the turn to history - Joel Isaac.

More information with CUP.

maandag 23 januari 2023

BOOK: Markus BEHAM, "Atrocity Labelling: From Crimes Against Humanity to Genocide Studies" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

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Atrocity. Genocide. War crime. Crime Against Humanity. Such atrocity labels have been popularized among international lawmakers but with little insight offered into how and when these terms are applied and to what effect. What constitutes an event to be termed a genocide or war crime and what role does this play in the application of legal proceedings?

Markus P. Beham, through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, unpicks these terms to uncover their historical genesis and their implications for international criminal law initiatives concerned with atrocity. The book uniquely compares four specific case studies: Belgian colonial exploitation of the Congo, atrocities committed against the Herero and Nama in German South-West Africa, the Armenian genocide and the man-made Ukrainian famine of the 1930s. Encompassing international law, legal history, and discourse analysis, the concept of 'atrocity labelling' is used to capture the meaning underlying the work of international lawyers and prosecutors, historians and sociologists, agenda setters and policy makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. From 'Crimes Against Humanity' to 'Genocide Studies'

3. Labelling Colonialism

4. Labelling Transformation

5. Conclusion


More information with the publisher.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Reminder): "TWAIL Summer Academy 2023: Democratizing International Law" (DEADLINE: 29 January 2023)

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TWAIL 2023: Democratizing International Law
Summer Academy – Call for Applications
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 17-21 July 2023

Applications are invited for the inaugural TWAIL Summer Academy taking place from 17 to 21 July 2023 at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) is a movement encompassing scholars and practitioners of international law and policy who are concerned with issues related to the Global South. The scholarly agendas associated with TWAIL are diverse, but the general theme of its interventions is to unpack the colonial legacies of international law and engage in decolonizing efforts.
The Academy will unite international law scholars and practitioners from across the globe in Bogotá to address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time: conflict, mass displacement, economic inequality, and environmental injustice, all of which have disproportionate impact across the global South and particular significance for Colombia. This Academy is part of a growing number of TWAIL initiatives working together to democratize international law. The Academy will consist of lectures, discussions and writing workshops where emerging scholars, graduate students, and legal practitioners have the opportunity to learn about the TWAIL movement, share their unique perspectives, and receive feedback on scholarly projects through writing workshops. It provides an opportunity for productive collaborative exchange amongst participants from across the Global South and North and leading TWAIL scholars from around the world.
The Academy is organized under the auspices of the TWAIL Review (TWAILR) and hosted by the Universidad de los Andes Faculty of Law in partnership with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Maynooth University School of Law & Criminology, with the support of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Afronomicslaw. The objectives of the Academy are three-fold:
1. To provide participants the opportunity to share Third Worldist perspectives rooted in histories of colonialism and imperialism, and the uses of TWAIL for more effective knowledge production, policymaking, and teaching across the Global South and beyond.
2. To build solidarity and connection among junior and senior scholars across the Global South and North, with particular attention to the Latin American scholarly community, especially those left out of knowledge mobilization activities due to financial resources.
3. To create opportunity for scholars from the Global South to produce innovative knowledge freely accessible around the world.
With these goals in mind, all applicants must submit an abstract for a paper that will be considered for publication in the TWAIL Review or Afronomicslaw. The Academy’s writing workshops will be a space to test out your ideas and receive feedback. All Summer Academy activities will be conducted in English, but we have some capacity in Spanish. We welcome applicants from all over the world and priority will be given to applicants from the Global South. If you are an applicant from the Global South that requires funding support for your travel and accommodation, please let us know. We ask those seeking funding to be reflexive and set out their location and subject position.
Applicants must submit:
– An abstract (maximum 250 words) in English that is relevant to the Academy’s themes.
– letter of interest (maximum one page) in English or Spanish setting out any funding needs and how the Academy will enhance your scholarship, practice, and praxis.
– Short current CV.
– The names and email addresses of 2 referees.
Please submit applications to by 29 January 2023.

vrijdag 6 januari 2023

ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE: "Missing Histories of International Economic Law Adjudication: Extraterritorial Quarters of the Past and the Present", ESIL IG History of International Law - International Economic Law (MSTeams, 31 January 2023)

Courts operating in ‘extraterritorial quarters’ or districts as dispute resolution mechanisms have been overlooked in international economic law. Whether in the form of courts acting in special zones (e.g., International Zone of Tangier, 1923-1956; Qatar Financial Centre, 2005-present) or the retired common law judges acting in small ‘market-dominant’ jurisdictions, the ‘extraterritorial quarters’ offer unique cases of international economic law adjudication where multiple legal systems collide within one single city.
The online roundtable is a joint effort of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)  International Economic Law and History of Internationational Law Interest groups,  together with Ghent University, KU Leuven, and UC Louvain, that will connect researchers from different places working on various ‘extraterritorial quarters’ of the past and the present.


BOOK: Miriam Bak MCKENNA, "Reckoning with Empire: Self-Determination in International Law" (Brill, 2023)

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The book adopts a new approach to self-determination’s international legal history, tracing the ways in which various actors have sought to reinvent self-determination in different juridical, political, and economic iterations to create the conditions for global transformation. The value of the book’s approach lies not only in a more nuanced understanding of self-determination’s legal history, but in excavating the multiple ways in which actors, particularly those from the Global South, have challenged the existing normative and legal structures which rendered them unequal under the European system of international law. Rethinking this process touches on issues that are relevant not only to debates about the enduring legacy of imperialism in our present, but also to contemporary discussions of the position self-determination has come to occupy in international law.

Table of contents:

Pages: 1–25

Chapter 1 Self-Determination: Hierarchies of Empire
Pages: 26–46

Chapter 2 Renegotiating Sovereignty in the Interwar Period
Pages: 47–73

Chapter 3 “One World” - Anticolonialism at the UN
Pages: 74–107

Chapter 4 Remaking the World after Empire
Pages: 108–137

Chapter 5 Sovereignty and Self-Determination at the End of History
Pages: 138–168

Epilogue Contesting Sovereignty
Pages: 169–177

                                                        More information can be found on the publisher's website.

woensdag 4 januari 2023

BOOK: Klara Polackova VAN DER PLOEG, Luca PASQUET & León CASTELLANOS-JANKIEWICZ, "International Law and Time: Narratives and Techniques" (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Springer, 2022)

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The Multifaceted Notion of Time in International Law

Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg, Luca Pasquet

Pages 1-24

Constructing and Attributing Meaning to Time in International Law

Pages 25-25

Lawyers as Creators of Law’s Temporal Reality: A Pragmatic Approach to International Law

Eric Wyler, Arianna Whelan

Pages 27-50

Human Rights in Time: Temporalization of Human Rights in Historical Representation

Juhana Mikael Salojärvi

Pages 51-70

Interstellar Justice Now: Back to the Future of International Law

Bérénice K. Schramm

Pages 71-97

Digressing Towards Justice: International Criminal Law’s Narrative of Moral Transit Through Violence

Timothy William Waters

Pages 99-109

Time in International Lawmaking

Pages 111-111

How Instant and Universal International Law Is Born and How It Dies: The 1856 Declaration of Paris

Jan Martin Lemnitzer

Pages 113-133

Incrementalism in International Lawmaking: The Development of Normative Frameworks of Protection for Forcibly Displaced Persons

Rob Grace

Pages 135-152

The Politics of Time in Domestic and International Lawmaking

Tommaso Soave

Pages 153-174

Life Cycles of International Law as a Noetic Unity: The Various Times of Law-Thinking

Thomas Schultz

Pages 175-192

Time and the Operation of International Law

Pages 193-193

Time-Traveling Rules of Interpretation: Of ‘Time-Will’ and ‘Time-Bubbles’

Panos Merkouris

Pages 195-219

Time and Tide Wait for No One: The Curious Consideration of Time in International Investment Treaty Law

Robert Howse, Barry Appleton

Pages 221-236

The Relevant Time for Assessing Jurisdiction and the Ratione Temporis Objection in the Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia) Case

Lorenzo Palestini

Pages 237-262

Of Relevant Dates and Political Processes: State Succession and the Dissolution of the Former Yugoslavia

Asier Garrido-Muñoz

Pages 263-281

China, Confucian Time and International Law: A Normative and Behavioral Account

Matthias Vanhullebusch

Pages 283-309

International Law Between Change and Stability

Pages 311-311

International Law Through Time: On Change and Facticity of International Law

Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg

Pages 313-333

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dinsdag 3 januari 2023

JOURNAL: forum historiae iuris, Debatten-Beiträge "Entangled international and national legal orders in the long 19th century" (December 2022)


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Raphaël Cahen
Frederik Dhondt
Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina


1This special session of the journal “Forum Historiae Iuris” collects the contributions presented at the conference “Entangled international and national legal orders in the long nineteenth century”, which took place in Zurich on 2 and 3 March 2020.1 

Pietro Costa

Nation-building e State-building nel ‘lungo’ Ottocento: miti identitari e strategie di dominio

Frederik Dhondt

Legal arguments in the debate on recognition of Italian independence in Belgian parliament (November 1861)

Lisa Ford

Sovereignty and the Problem of Order in Belize, 1763-1821

Inge Van Hulle

African Lawyers and the Strategic Uses of Legal Entanglements: the Case of the Gold Coast and Lagos (1880-1920)

Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina

National, Colonial and International Entanglements in Nineteenth-Century Legal Discourses on Land Law and Land Registration Systems

Raphaël Cahen

The Consultative Litigation Committee of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: A Study in Constitutional and International Legal Entanglements

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maandag 2 januari 2023

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Revue de synthèse, "Histoire du droit des gens classique" (DEADLINE: 15 January 2023)

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Appel à contribution

Histoire du droit des gens classique

Date limite le dimanche 15 janvier 2023

La Revue de synthèse ouvre un appel à contribution pour un dossier thématique sur l'histoire du droit des gens classique, de sa naissance aux XVIe-XVIIe siècles à ses résurgences actuelles. Le dossier se propose d'engager une recontextualisation historique de la doctrine et de dégager l'« outillage mental » mobilisé par les scolastiques et juristes de la première modernité, en prêtant une attention particulière à la genèse de nouvelles notions, aux passerelles conceptuelles entre le droit, la politique et la philosophie, et à l'impact de leurs travaux sur le plan intellectuel et pratique.

Quatre axes de recherches sur la doctrine du droit des gens classiques seront privilégiés :
1. Les références au dominium, aux royaumes, aux frontières ou à la liberté de circulation
2. Le développement du commerce international
3. Les rapports entre théorie et pratique – le droit de guerre, les intermédiaires de la paix et la question du recours au droit des gens en cas de conflit international
4. Les résurgences contemporaines de la doctrine du droit des gens classique.

Les articles peuvent être rédigés en anglais ou en français. Les propositions de contribution, d'une quinzaine de lignes, sont à adresser avec une courte notice biographique avant le 15 janvier 2023 à Gaëlle Demelemestre ( La date limite de remise des articles est le 15 mars 2024.

    The full call for papers is available at the portail universitaire du droit.