ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

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.