ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

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