Seminar

The Online Spring Seminar 2020 provides new insights and advances our understanding of international law and global history. Seminars are held via Zoom on every Wednesday. Every presentation is turned into podcasts and available on Youtube and Website of the Seminar.

Decolonisation and the Making of International Law in the Global South

May 27, 2020

Justifying Force: International Law, Foreign-Policy Decision-Making, and the Use of Force.

EST :  Noon  / Paris : 6:00

Kyle Rapp, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California will explore the British 1956 intervention in Suez and the American 1983 intervention in Grenada to define the role of international law in foreign-policy decision-making. Historian Dr. Ned Richardson-Little (Erfurt University), author of The Human Rights Dictatorship: Socialism, Global Solidarity and Revolution in East Germany (CUP, 2020) will provide the commentary.

A History of the Republic of Biafra. Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War

EST :  3 pm  / Paris : 9 pm

Dr. Samuel Fury Childs Daly, historian at Duke University, will present his book A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. Professor Dr Elisio Macamo, sociologist and member of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, and Dr Lasse Heerten, historian at Ruhr-University Bochum and author of The Biafran War and Postcolonial Humanitarianism, will provide the commentary.

Imperial Origins of the World Order

May 20, 2020 (Boston: 3 pm, Paris: 9pm)

Judging Great Powers: The Permanent Court of Arbitral Justice, the League of Nations, and the Big Four, 1907–1922

Aden Knaap, Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, will be demonstrating that the First World War did not give birth to the idea of a legalist world organization, but that it was the continuation of the pre-war movement for the creation of the Permanent Court of Arbitral, resulting not as a series of parallel movements, but rather as a single Great Power movement, and being reconstituted during the war as a league of nations movement.

In the Ruins of Jupiter: Empire, Parliament, and the Reordering of the World

Andrew Levidis, research fellow at Cambridge, will examine Japanese imperial Diet debates of the interwar period focusing on sovereignty, legal pluralisms, imperial hierarchies, and racial utopian visions of world order in complex legal jurisdictions such as the imperial city of Dalian (neither fully colony nor metropole), international concessions in China, and the Manchurian settler colonial empire.

Boyd van Dijk, lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, will provide the commentary based on his expertise on the history of humanitarianism, international organizations and international law.

Theory and History of International Law, May 13, 2020

The history of international law was long dominated by intellectual history and the spectre of global hierarchies and inequalities. By engaging with the new materialisms and by drawing from unarchived sources, this seminar mirrors a new historiography of global gouvernance.

Beyond Texts? Towards a Material Turn in the Theory and History of International Law

May 13, 2020 (Paris: 10 am, Sydney: 06 pm)

Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will highlight the entanglement between the materiality of global governance and international law. Dr Daniel Joyce, senior lecturer at UNSW Law, will provide the response.

Intersectional Sovereignties: Dr. Aline Chalufour, Woman at Nuremberg – and at Paris, Ottawa, and Dalat

May 13, 2020 (Paris: 09 pm, London: 08 pm, Boston: 03 pm)

Diane Marie Amann, professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, will reveal a new narrative of intersectional sovereignties. Dr George Giannakopoulos (King’s College London/NYU London) will shed light on the imperial transformation of international law.

Across Frontiers and Through Times: Genocide and Crime Against Humanity in Global Perspective

At historiographical crossroads, as the last Holocaust survivors pass on, there has been an outburst of new publications on mass and colonial violence, time has come to look back at the very deep origins of the genocide and crimes against humanity, to engage in discussions on their new horizontal and vertical perspectives, across frontiers and through time.

Genocide in Historical Perspective. The Language of Trangression

May 6, 2020 (EST: 9 am, Paris: 3 pm, Sydney: 11 pm)

Dirk Moses, professor at Sydney University, will present his new work forthcoming at CUP, ‘The Problems of Genocide. Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression.’ Charles Maier, professor emeritus at Harvard, and author of ‘The Unmasterable Past – History, Holocaust & German National Identity,’ will provide the commentary.

Epistemic communities in Exile: Coining ‘Crimes against Humanity’ at London, 1940-45

May 7, 2020 (EST: 12 am, Paris : 6 pm)

Kerstin von Lingen, professor at the University of Vienna, will present her new book on the origins of the crimes against humanity. Barak Kushner, professor at Cambridge, and Dr Sabina Ferhadbegovic from Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena will highlight the prolongation of these debates on Cold War battlefields, in the former ruins of the Japanese empire and in Socialist Yugoslavia

The Nuremberg Moment. International Trial, American Lawyers and the Racial Question

April 29, 2020 (EST: 3:00 pm, Berlin: 9:00 pm)

Guillaume Mouralis, French historian and sociologist at Marc Bloch Center for Social Sciences Research (Berlin) will present his book on the Nuremberg Trial published in 2019 by Sciences Po University Press. Elizabeth Borgwardt, Associate Professor of History and of Law (by courtesy) from Washington University in St Louis who has written widely on the history of international law and human rights, will provide the response.

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