IILJ History and Theory of International Law Workshop

Nov 18, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

22 Washington Square North, 1st floor conference room

The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance: A Book Conversation with Rose Parfitt, Nathaniel Berman, Vasuki Nesiah, and Martti Koskenniemi

What is international law’s role in establishing and perpetuating inequalities of wealth, power, and fulfillment? And what are the strategies of resistance that are generated in that process? Mobilizing new archival research on Ethiopia and the League of Nations in the 1930s, and drawing on heterodox Marxist and anti-colonial scholarship, The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2019) develops an innovative ‘modular’ legal historiography to make sense of the paradoxical relationship between sovereign equality and inequality. With the author, Rose Parfitt, we will bring to life the series of histories that the book juxtaposes to explore the highly uneven and conditional process through which international law dignifies and disciplines new states and their subjects.


Vasuki Nesiah, NYU Gallatin, Associate Professor.

Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, Professor of International Law and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights.

Nathaniel Berman, Brown University, Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture and Religious Studies.


Karin Loevy

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