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Transnational Law Reading Laboratory: Strange Bedfellows in Today's International Law Politics

Archaeology Room East Wing Somerset House Strand Campus
17/02/2015 (17:00-19:00)

This is the third session of the Transnational Law Reading Laboratory, a recurring, informal gathering to discuss important scholarship in and around transnational law and theory.   This session will explore the amazing tensions between different stakeholders in today’s debate over the foundations, goals and prospects of International Law. 

Given the proximity of this debate to our continuing investigation of the scope and substance of ‘transnational law’, we will table four representative authors in order to get a clearer understanding of the stakes that characterise the very heated disputes among international lawyers these days. Breaking, if you will, with the Reading Lab tradition of reading one book as a whole as basis for our discussion, we will this time read selections of recent and very much discussed writings by world renowned international lawyers – whose views, however, are wonderfully diverse and, yes, opposed.

The plan is to read the following texts before the session and then spend our time with an informed and likely very lively discussion! 

Please RSVP with to confirm your place and receive the background readings that are unavailable online publicly.

Background Readings:

1. Sundhya PAHUJA & Luis ESLAVA, Beyond the (Post)Colonial: TWAIL and the Everyday Life of International Law, (2012) 45(2) Journal of Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America – Verfassung und Recht in Übersee, 195-221 – available here

2. Eric POSNER and Jack GOLDSMITH, The New International Law Scholarship, (2006) 43 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 463-483, available here.  

3. Andrew T. GUZMAN, How International Law Works (Oxford 2008), 1-24, 25-48, 211-218.

4. Anne ORFORD, International Authority and the Responsibilty to Protect (Cambridge 2011), 1-41, 139-188, 189-212.

Optional Background Readings:

Sundhya PAHUJA, Decolonising International Law (Cambridgde 2011), ch. 1, 2 and 6.

Sundhya PAHUJA, Laws of encounter: a jurisdictional account of international  law. (2013) 1(1) London Review of International Law, 63-98.

Eric POSNER and Jack GOLDSMITH, The Limits of International Law (Harvard 2005).

Kal Raustiala, Refining the Limits of International Law (reviewing Goldsmith and Posner, Limits). (2006) 34 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2-21, available here

The Archaeology Room is on level minus two, Somerset House East Wing building.

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