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History of International Law @World

This is an online platform showcasing history of international law-related events outside Tilburg University. For Tilburg-related news and events, see i-HILT@ Tilburg.


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Call for Papers: Ius Gentium - Ideas and Practices of International Law in Early Modern Law and Theology

On 18 and 19 September 2019, an international symposium focusing on the Ius Gentium will be organized at the Université Paris II, France. More details on the program can be found here. Papers can be presented in English or French. Subject to peer-review, the contributions to the symposium will be published. Deadline to submit an abstract of the communication is July 30, 2018.

Please send your paper proposal to Gaëlle Demelemestre (

Conference: The Intellectual Lives of Hugo Grotius: Texts, Contexts and Controversies Across the Disciplines

From Friday 4 May until Sunday 6 May 2018, a conference focusing on the intellectual lives and work of Hugo Grotius will be organized at Princeton University. More information on the program can be found here. Seats are limited, so please RSVP to in order to attend.

i-Hilt Conference: The Parisian peace treaties (1919-1920)

The Journal of the History of International Law and the Department of Roman Law and Legal History of the University of Leuven will organize a conference titled ‘The Parisian peace treaties (1919-1920) and the emergence of modern international law’ on 17 May 2018 at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Download the program. The costs for participation will amount € 50.00.

Register here before 10 May 2018.

Call For Papers: ‘Politics and the Histories of International Law’

On 15 and 16 February 2019, an international conference will be held at the Max Planck Institute for International Law at Heidelberg under the auspices of the Journal of the History of International Law. The aim is to publish papers from the conference (upon peer review) in a special issue on ‘Politics and the Histories of International Law’ in the journal.

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Scholars who would like to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a title and abstract (250–500 words) to the managing editor of the JHIL ( before 1 June 2018.

Call for Pre-Conference Call - Consumers or Producers of international law? Non-European experiences with the law of nations in comparative perspective

The Interest Group for the History of International Law wants to support this emerging interest in contrasting and comparing regional experiences and invites scholars at every stage of their career to share insights on any angle of these developments, without geographic or temporal limitation.

The path from the European law of nations to a universal system of international law has attracted wide scholarly attention in the past decade. A variety of approaches have challenged the narrative of a European system that simply expands and covers most of the planet in the late 19th century. For example, scholars identifying with the TWAIL movement (Third world approaches to international law) have criticized modern international law as a product of western imperialism and colonialism. Building from this critique, other scholars have begun to ask how non-European conceptions and influences shaped and re-formed the European law of nations on its path towards becoming a global system. How can we read non-European jurists, lawyers, state leaders and peoples as producers, not just consumers, of international law? 

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 15 April 2018 to on behalf of the Steering Committee of the Interest Group, which shall collectively supervise the blind peer-review process of the abstracts. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of the selection process by 25 April 2018.

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Call for Papers: The Paris Peace Conference and the Challenge of a New World Order

The Peace Conference held in Paris in the aftermath of the Great War remains among the most important yet also most controversial events in modern history. Although it is often considered to have made a second global war all but inevitable, it has also been praised for providing the basis for an enduring peace that was squandered recklessly by poor international leadership during the 1930s. Deadline for the proposals is 1 June 2018.

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