The Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d’histoire du droit international is an interdisciplinary journal on the history of international law with a broad outreach. It is placed among the top international law journals which are regularly consulted by all international lawyers with a general interest in the history of their field. It provides a forum for the emerging and expanding scholarship that takes a historical approach to exploring a wide range of issues in international law. It accommodates the growth in interest in the histories of international law from scholars working in related fields (global history, imperial history, intellectual history and international relations). It creates a venue for ground-breaking work in this field by combining tradition with innovation and to provide the opportunity to develop sustained critical engagement with work on the history of international law.
The Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d’histoire du droit international encourages critical reflection on the classical grand narrative of international law as the purveyor of peace and civilization to the whole world. It specifically invites articles on extra-European experiences and forms of legal relations between autonomous communities which were discontinued as a result of domination and colonization by European Powers. It is open to all possibilities of telling the history of international law, while respecting the necessary rigour in the use of records and sources. It is a forum for a plurality of visions of the history of international law, but also for debate on such plurality itself, on the methods, topics, and usages, as well as the bounds and dead-ends of this discipline. Moreover, it devotes space to examining in greater depth specific themes.
Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet, Anne Peters: The Journal of the History of International Law: A Forum for New Research. In: Journal of the History of International Law 16, 1-8 (2014).
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Anne Peters, Professor of International Law, Managing Director, MPIL
Randall Lesaffer, Professor of Legal History, Tilburg University and Leuven University
Raphael Schäfer, Research Fellow, MPIL
Inge Van Hulle, Assistant Professor, Tilburg University
Peter Haggenmacher, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Michael Stolleis, Emeritus Professor in Public Law and Modern Legal History, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main
Rüdiger Wolfrum, Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Kinji Akashi, Professor of International Law, Kyushu University
Rudolf Bernhardt, Former Judge and President, European Court of Human Rights; Former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Ziv Bohrer, Assistant Professor of Law, Bar-Ilan University
Annabel Brett, Professor of Political Thought and History, University of Cambridge
Anthony Carty, Professor of Public Law, University of Tsinghua, Beijing
Tamar Herzog, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs, Harvard University
Martti Koskenniemi, Professor of International Law, University of Helsinki
Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law, University of Tartu
Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History, Yale University
Luigi Nuzzo, Professor of Legal History, Università de Salento, Lecce
Liliana Obregón, Professor of Law, Universidad de los Andes
Sundhya Pahuja, Professor of International Law, University of Melbourne
Miloš Vec, Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History, Vienna University
Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d’histoire du droit international
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On 15 and 16 February 2019, the international conference 'Politics and the Histories of International Law' was held at the MPIL in Heidelberg under the auspices of the Journal of the History of International Law. A selection of peer-reviewed and revised conference papers was published in a special issue on 'Politics and the Histories of International Law' in the journal (double issue 2/3 in volume 22 (2020)). Further papers are published in: Raphael Schäfer and Anne Peters (eds), Politics and the Histories of International Law: The Quest for Knowledge and Justice (Leiden: Brill 2021). For more information please refer to this website.
The Journal of the History of International Law would kindly like to draw your attention to the research project "Histoire Globale des Idees Internationalistes" by our Co-Editor Prof. Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet:
The Project for an Evolving Collection of Public International Ideas Texts will look at international law from a global perspective, leaving behind the Eurocentric perspective that Western internationalists have imposed upon the rest of the world. The goal will be to provide readers with the tools to develop a global history of international law. Being more global and more open to influences from all over the world, this history of international law will draw non-European ideas, both ancient and new. Thus, it will allow for the kind of comparisons, connexions, and oppositions which have always played a central part in the global history of international ideas – a history which cannot be written any longer by resorting only to Western categories and concepts.
The project's outline can be found here.