The Laureate Program in International Law will host a conference at Melbourne Law School from 24-25 August 2017. Entitled ‘1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law(s)’, the conference will be convened by Ms Kathryn Greenman, Professor Anne Orford, Ms Anna Saunders, and Dr Ntina Tzouvala. It marks the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution and the passage of the revolutionary Mexican constitution.
Anne Orford presented a lecture on 'Civil War, Intervention, and International Law' and a seminar on 'Critical Thinking and International Law' at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) as part of the International Law Lectures in Russia series.
Disputing Capture, Resisting Seizure: Brazilian Responses to British Interventions in the Name of Slavery Abolition
In this seminar, Adriane Sanctis explored how Brazilians employed domestic and international legal techniques to resist and contest significant British interferences in the context of the escalating slave trade following its formal abolition in Brazil (1831-1850). The multi-layered battles over establishing, interpreting or reformulating legal vocabularies towards an assumed humanitarian endeavour shed light on dynamics very familiar to current international law.
State Responsibility for Rebels in the Venezuela Arbitrations: Reading Joseph Conrad’s 'Nostromo'
In this seminar, Kathryn Greenman used Joseph Conrad's epic novel Nostromo – with its critique of economic imperialism and its ideas about the inherent chaos of Latin American society – to explore how the international law doctrine of state responsibility for rebels was forged in the postcolonial encounter between the West and Latin America.
In this seminar, Viktorija Jakjimovska developed a legal and conceptual analysis of British responses to the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832). She explored how the tensions between legal arguments about intervention and the political context in which they were defended contributed to shaping civil war as a legal concept within the jus ad bellum.
This seminar presented by Nele Verlinden analysed alternative thresholds in jus in bello that have been developed to deal with increasing ‘non-lethal’ State support to parties to an armed conflict, such as the provision of air-to-air refuel services, the sharing of crucial intelligence information or allowing territory to be used for launching drone operations.
In this seminar, Ville Kari explored the classical doctrine of civil war which preceded the era of modern collective security and of decolonisation in international law. Working backwards from Erik Castrén's last monograph Civil War (1966), he discussed this tradition of legal thinking and why it has since been abandoned.
In this keynote lecture to launch the Lund Human Rights Hub, Anne Orford asked what it means to study human rights as part of an institutional culture committed to critical thinking and academic freedom. How does that academic style of engaging with human rights differ from the activist or official approach to rights? What challenges might this pose for the scholar or student of human rights, and what opportunities might it open up?
The Law Faculty at Lund University hosted a symposium to celebrate the launch of The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law. Participants included Leila Brännström, Martin Clark, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Mónica García-Salmones, Geoff Gordon, Markus Gunneflo, Outi Korhonen, Martti Koskenniemi, Gregor Noll, Anne Orford, and Toni Selkälä.
In this LPIL seminar, Christopher Gevers explored the romantic internationalism of WEB Du Bois, the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism’, through his essays, political writings, and novels.
The Laureate Program in International Law hosted the Melbourne launch of Anne Orford and Florian Hoffmann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2016). The Handbook was launched by Melbourne Laureate Professor Hilary Charlesworth at Melbourne Law School on 19 October 2016.
In this seminar, Sebastián Machado Ramírez (Laureate Program, and former Senior Advisor on International Law to the Attorney General of Colombia) discussed the Colombian peace process, the considerations that led to the decision to hold a referendum, the causes for its failure, the perceived tension between amnesties and human rights, and the possible scenarios that could unfold.
In this seminar, Professor Andrew March examined the fight over the legality of US operations in Syria against IS, focusing on the lawsuit brought by Captain Nathan Smith against President Obama.
In this lecture, Professor Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard) analysed the legal arguments developed by the US to justify its use of force as part of its 'global non-international armed conflict' against al-Quaeda and associated forces.
This workshop explored the shifting relationship between international humanitarian law and other fields of international law, and the ways in which the principles, practices, vocabulary, and logics of humanitarianism are transforming international law.
In this lecture, Professor Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard) and Professor Andrew March (Yale) explored some of the challenges posed to international law by the rise of militant forms of political Islam.
This roundtable explored whether a better understanding of the ideological and normative aspects of political Islam might inform international responses to the civil wars taking place throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and how international lawyers might better engage with the rival internationalisms being developed within political Islam.
In this lecture, Professor Anne Orford argued that contemporary international law is a laboratory for experiments in spatial ordering, and took the Mediterranean as a key site for grasping the ways in which this new spatial ordering is taking form.
The aim of this roundtable was to situate the 2016 asylum crisis within a broader field than that of migration and refugee politics alone, exploring its links with challenges to the social state in Europe and beyond, the conduct of interventions in civil wars in the Middle East and North Africa, and the possibilities offered by a renewed focus on social rights and inclusion in the European project. The roundtable was convened by Anne Orford, Gregor Noll, and Morten Kjaerum.
This workshop brought together senior scholars and early career scholars in law and the humanities interested in exploring the methodological challenges involved in undertaking interdisciplinary research at the intersection of international law, history, political theory, and political economy.
Professor Martti Koskenniemi is Academy Professor and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute at the University of Helsinki, and a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law. This lecture examined the triumph of human rights as a legal-political idiom in the 90s, and asked what has become of them today.