Call for papers

Call for papers: History of international law-related

Overview of call for papers in the field of history and international law.

Natural Law and Domestic Government: Transformative Legal Theory in Early Modern Europe - Leuven 27-28th April, 2022

University KU Leuven (Belgium)

Summary of the proposed paper (200-400 words), academic affiliation and a brief CV (max. 200 words) to by June 1, 2022.

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 The Early Modern natural law tradition as received from Antiquity and the Middle Ages was in many senses a bridging paradigm. While natural law had been a significant subject of debate among late-medieval theologians, civilians and canonists, it gained a far more central role in legal theory and scholarship from the sixteenth century onwards, in the writings of theologians and jurists alike. As natural law discourse developed over its Early Modern lifespan, it increasingly started to acquire the trappings of a legal theory – underpinning concrete legal notions and offering a paradigm which could be applied to a variety of legal domains and facts. By the early seventeenth century, it had become a major vehicle for conceptions, principles and institutions of law, relating to both private transactions and public governance. 

This emergence of natural law as legal theory coincided with the emergence of one legal field to which it would be readily applied; the sphere of the state or the domain of domestic public law. In another sense, it was precisely the growing autonomy and importance of public law and the need for a legal theory underpinning it (as the classic Roman law texts provided insufficient textual support and canon law lost its universality), which fed the rise of legal natural law thinking. This intimate link between natural law and the sphere of domestic governance is made manifest especially in the first modern theories of the polity, where i.a. the articulation of the idea of a state of nature is closely tied together with the Catholic notion of natural rights. It is around this link and its two components that this two-day conference revolves. 

3rd Legal Histories of Empires Conference June 29 - July 1, 2022

University Maynooth University Dublin (Ireland)
Submission Abstracts (both individual and panels) have to be submitted before October 31, 2021
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Empires. Plural. Across time and across the globe, interconnected, mutually constitutive. We invite papers which consider the interconnections and the legal relations between empires. The conference will particularly focus on the role played by law (broadly defined) in facilitating, constituting, and enabling these connections; on the people of law who moved between these places; and the institutions which bound them together. How might we map Empires through these connections? How do we now conceptualize such movement, and are there new ways in which we could envisage legal interchange across time and place? Of particular interest are the connections between places with very different legal systems and traditions. How can we better bring together the efforts of historians working in different legal traditions? In this third Legal Histories of Empires conference we hope to more deeply uncover the legal threads that bound different empires, places, laws and legal traditions across the globe.

Ownership Regimes in the Iberian world, 1500-1850

University Max Planck Institut Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Submission Please send your book chapter proposals in Spanish, English, or Portuguese to Dr. Manuel Bastias Saavedra (bastias@...) until October 31, 2021. A full manuscript will be required before the conference.
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For a Workshop and Publication, the organizers are calling for contributions that deal with questions of land tenure in any region of the former Portuguese and Spanish empires in Asia, Africa, Europe (incl. Italy and the Netherlands), and the Americas during the early modern period. The contributions may explore the role of families, marriage, kinship, corporations (the Church, cabildos/concelhos, pueblos, etc.), and other kinds of institutions in the regulation of land. Case studies, comparisons, as well as methodological and analytical approaches are particularly welcome. A selection of the papers presented at the workshop will be published as a volume of the Brill series Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds.

2nd Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop (Oxford) September 9-10, 2022

University University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Submission Papers have to be submitted by February 9, 2022.
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The British Academy Global Professorship and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law have joint forces to organize a second workshop around the theme 'Decolonial comparative legal history: indigenous and global South law prior to colonialism'.

Interested scholars are invited to submit papers (max. 5000 words) that destabilize coloniality by engaging with how indigenous and global South societies defined or practiced law prior to colonialism. Papers should be based on original research, ideally relying on primary or indigenous sources from prior to the colonial era (broadly defined). Papers should identify “law” in a specific tradition or place, with particular attention to indigenous or pre-colonial epistemologies and practices. Since colonial legal notions continue to distort historiography, we welcome papers that decolonize (i.e., identify and replace) coloniality in the legal historiography of the precolonial global South and indigenous communities.

Lecture Series: Method, methodology and critique in international law (Asser Institute)

Starting on December 16, 2020, the T.M.C. Asser Institute will organize a (digital) lecture series on Method, Methodology and Critique in International Law. The aim of the program is to explore the many methodological "turns" the discipline of international law has taken and to think together about the theoretical commitments these entail, the crafts they demand and the modes of critique they enable.

You can read the description and program of the initiative. If you would like to receive details on future workshops in this series, you can register for the workshop.