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Politics and the Histories of International Law

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15 – 16 February 2019, MPIL, Heidelberg, Germany

Friday, 15 February 2019
Registration and Coffee
(Room 038)
Welcome Address by Anne Peters and Randall Lesaffer
Keynote Opening by Sundhya Pahuja,
Doing Legal History in a Postcolonial World
Panel Ia (014):
Slavery, Slave Trade and the Law of the Sea
(Chair: Raphael Schäfer)
Panel Ib (038):
International Law before and beyond the West
(Chair: Luigi Nuzzo)
Panel Ic (037):
Vulnerability and
International Law
(Chair: Robert Stendel)
Anne-Charlotte Martineau,
The Politics of Writing on Slavery and International Law
Emiliano Buis,
The Politics of Anti-Politics: Mainstream Histories of International Law and the Paradox of Antiquity
León Castellanos-Jankiewicz,
Nationalism and Early International Right
Parvathi Menon,
Protecting Empire in Slave Colonies
Radhika Jagtap,
Developing an Anticolonial Historiography of International Law from a Social Movements’ Perspective
Karin Loevy,
Histories of International Law as Windows to Law’s Politics: Dicey, Humanitarianism and the Jews
Stefano Cattelan,
Law and Politics, the Genesis of the Law of the Sea
Sebastian Spitra,
New Narratives for a Critical History of World Cultural Heritage
Momchil Milanov,
One Hundred Years of Soli(dari)tude: The Making of the Refugee Status and the Politics of Humanitarianism 

Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral,
Women’s Historical Invisibility in International Law
Panel IIa (038):
The Politicization of Western Legal History
(Chair: Miloš Vec)
Panel IIb (037):
The Politics of Legal History in the Books
(Chair: Annabel Brett)
Panel IIc (014):
The Laws of War in Context
 (Chair: Rüdiger Wolfrum)
Jan Lemnitzer / Morten Rasmussen,
Bringing Politics Back in: What the ‘Turn to Practice’ Means for the Writing of Histories of International Law
Julia Bühner,
Let There be Light – Histories Hidden in the Shadow of Francisco de Vitoria
Hirofumi Oguri,
Taming Politics in the Historiographies of International Law: Between Naïve Positivism and Agnosticism
Thibaut Fleury Graff,
Henry Wheaton and the Powers of History: Justifying the Power of the US Federal Government in the 19thCentury by Rewriting the History and Contents of International Law
Deborah Whitehall,
Auto-suggestion in the wartime textbooks of international law
Rotem Giladi,
Rites of Affirmation: Progress and Immanence in International Humanitarian Law Historiography 
Maria Adele Carrai,
W. A. P. Martin as a Legal Historian and the Politics of History in Late Qing-China 
Claire Vergerio,
Inventing the History of the Laws of War: The Revival of Alberico Gentili in the late 19th Century
Angelo Dube / Lindelwa Mhlongo, The Forgotten Continent? Interrogating Africa’s Contribution to the History and Development of International Law

Session III
Panel IIIa (014):
The Politics of the Use of Force and the Function of Peace
 (Chair: Anthony Carty)
Panel IIIb (037):
Legitimacy, Security and Sovereignty in International Legal History 
(Chair: Inge Van Hulle)
Panel IIIc (038):
The Role of International Legal History before International Courts and Tribunals
(Chair: Thomas Duve)
John Hursh,
What is a Threat to the Peace? Historical Assessment and Shifting Legal Meaning
Michael Mulligan,
Politics and the Histories of International Law: International Law and the Spectre of Legitimacy
Gustavo Prieto,
Mixed Claim Commissions in Latin America During the 19th and 20th Centuries
Thilo Marauhn,
Narratives of Peace as Justifications for the Use of Force: Henry A. Kissinger and the Long Peace of the 19th Century
Ríán Derrig,
The Psychoanalytic New Haven School: A Case Study of Interwar Legal Science
Jakob Zollmann,
Searching for History in Law. The Polish-German Mixed Arbitral Tribunal after 1919
Hendrik Simon,
In the Shadow of War and Order. Historical Reflections on the Interrelationship between Political and Scholarly Practices of Justifying War
Etienne Henry,
Soviet Praxis of Collective Security in the League of Nations Era
Valeria Vázquez Guevara,
Crafting the 'Lawful Truth': Chile's 1990 Truth Commission, International Human Rights Law, and the Museum of Memories
Katie Szilagyi / Jon Khan,
There Might Come Soft Rains: Technological Determinism, International Law, and the Age of Intelligent Machines
Mikhail Antonov, The Rise of the Sovereignty Argument in Russian Approaches to International Law 
Michel Erpelding,
International Law and the European Court of Justice: The Politics of Avoiding History
BRILL Conference Dinner with Keynote by
Jacob Katz Cogan

Toward a Social History of International Law

Saturday, 16 February 2019
(room 038)
Concluding Panel with Discussion
(Chair: Randall Lesaffer)
Nehal BhutaHistories of/in International Law 
Jean d’AspremontCritical Attitudes in Historiographical International Legal Studies
Aoife O’Donoghue / Henry JonesHistories of International Law and Self-Reflection within the Discipline
Madeleine Herren-OeschAliens, Race and Law: A History of the Odd Ones Out
Concluding Remarks by the Editors Anne Peters and Randall Lesaffer

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