November 19, 2019

IILJ History and Theory of International Law Workshop

On 18 November 2019, the IILJ held a History and Theory of International Law workshop on The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance 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.

Commentators:

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.