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Leiden Journal of International Law, 30th Anniversary Symposium on The Trajectories of International Legal Histories, 20 October

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Leiden Journal of International Law, 30th Anniversary Symposium on The Trajectories of International Legal Histories, 20 October 2017, The Hague

ABOUT

Thirty years ago, the Leiden Journal of International Law was born, at a time when the writing of histories was hardly a popular endeavour for international legal scholars. In his 1987 article ‘Probleme der Völkerrechtsgeschichte’ (‘The Problems of International Legal History’), Heinhard Steiger argued that only very few, ‘mostly authors of the older generation’, were interested in international legal history. Much has changed since that time.

The aim of this symposium is to pay tribute to the remarkable developments within the field, to engage in critical reflection on the directions that it has taken, and to discuss the potential avenues for future research. The symposium will engage with questions of methodology and perspective. We hope that it will encourage further historical work on international law and reveal the new possible ways of its application.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics, London)

INVITED SPEAKERS

Thomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo, Cairo)

Janne Nijman (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)

Liliana Obregón (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá)

PROGRAMME

11:00               Welcome and introduction – Ingo Venzke

                        Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics, London)

                        Keynote

12:00-13:30     PANEL I: INTERNATIONAL LEGAL HISTORY—LINKING PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

                        Chair: Cecily Rose

                        Thomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo, Cairo)

                        ‘Based on a True Story’: International Law and Microhistory

                        Yolanda Gamarra (University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza)

                        The Public Uses of the History of International Law: A Critical Appraisal

                        Raphael Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg)

                       The Turn to History in International Law and the Problem of Linear Time

13:30-14:30      Lunch

14:30-16:00      PANEL II: WRITING AND MEDIATING LEGAL HISTORIES—PLURAL ORIGINS AND CONCEPTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

                        Chair: Surabhi Ranganathan

                        Janne Nijman (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)

                        Turning to Grotius once more? Writing Northern Humanism into International Legal History

                        Felix Lange (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

                        Bedrock of a Value-Based International Law, Tool to Circumvent the Versailles Treaty or Example for Non-                                                Western Influences? – The Multiple Histories of the Ius Cogens-Doctrine

                        Jakob Zollmann (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin)

                        African International Legal Histories – International Law in Africa? Perspectives and Possibilities

16:00-16.15       Break

16:15-17:45      PANEL III: FIELDS OF ENGAGEMENT: INTERNATIONAL LEGAL HISTORY AND …?

                        Chair: Sergey Vasiliev

                        Liliana Obregón (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá)

                        Before the “Turn”: The Objectives of the “Pre-Histories” of International Law

                        Julia Dehm (La Trobe University, Melbourne)

                        Highlighting Inequalities in the Histories of Human Rights

                        Guy Fiti Sinclair (Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington)

                        The Postcolonial Origins of International Organizations Law

                        Mackenzie Hamilton Eason (University of California, Los Angeles)

                        Assessing the Legacies of Empire in International Criminal Law

17:45-18:00      Conclusions and closing – Eric De Brabandere

VENUE

Leiden University | Campus Den Haag

Wijnhaven Building

Turfmarkt 99

2511 DC The Hague

Room 3.46

Click here to register online – attendance is free but prior registration is necessary.

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