1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law(s)
Conveners: Kathryn Greenman, Anne Orford, Anna Saunders, and Ntina Tzouvala
1917 was nothing if not eventful. The October Revolution and the revolutionary Mexican Constitution shook the foundations of the international order and international law in profound, unprecedented, and lasting ways. One hundred years later, living again through eventful times, we propose to revisit 1917 as an international legal event and to examine its multidimensional impact on the discipline of international law. More specifically, we are interested in analysing the importance of these revolutions for various international legal fields, including the law of armed intervention, the laws of state succession, state responsibility and state immunity as well as international investment law and the rules governing statehood for the purposes of international law.
This conference draws together speakers from law, history, and politics to explore the place of revolution in the international legal order. How did or does international law conceptualise or juridify revolution? What different mechanisms did international law employ in response to the various challenges posed by revolution to particular interests, regimes, or paradigms (of property, peace, or politics)? What different forms of intervention (through the laws of war, of expropriation, or of restitution) did they prompt? In the wake of a revolutionary event, should we speak of international law, or rather of rival international laws? Is international law's structure a means of countering or containing revolution?
Speakers include Amanda Alexander (ACU), Hilary Charlesworth (Melbourne), Daria Davitti (Nottingham), Marco Duranti (Sydney), Alison Duxbury (Melbourne), Sheila Fitzpatrick (Sydney), Kathryn Greenman (Amsterdam), Radhika Jagtap (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Rob Knox (Liverpool), Dino Kritsiotis (Nottingham), Vidya Kumar (Leicester), Andrea Leiter (Melbourne), Kate Miles (Cambridge), Scott Newton (SOAS), Anne Orford (Melbourne), Umut Özsu (Carleton), Nikolaos Pavlopoulos (UCL), German Sandoval (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Juan Pablo Scarfi (Universidad Nacional de San Martin), Owen Taylor (SOAS), and Lee Walker (Sydney).
A limited number of places are now available for non-presenting participants interested in attending the two days of the conference. Interested persons should contact the convenors via firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest in attending.