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Backstage Practices of Transnational Law

1st Edition

Edited by Lianne J.M. Boer, Sofia Stolk


184 pages

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Hardback: 9780367086572
pub: 2019-05-07
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This book explores the 'backstage' of transnational legal practice by illuminating the routines and habits that are crucial to the field, yet rarely studied. Through innovative discussion of practices often considered trivial, the book encourages readers to conceptualise the ‘backstage’ as emblematic of transnational legal practice. Expanding the focus of transnational legal scholarship, the book explores the seemingly mundane procedures which are often taken for granted, despite being widely recognized as part of what it means to 'do transnational law'. Adopting various methodological and approaches, each chapter focuses on one specific practice: for example, mooting exercises for law students, international travel, transnational time, the social media activities of lawyers and legal scholars, and the networking at the ICC's annual Assembly of States Parties. In and of themselves, these chapters each provide unique insights into what happens before the curtain rises and after it falls on the familiar 'outputs' of transnational law. It does more, however, than provide a range of different practices: it takes the next step in theorizing on the importance of the marginal and the everyday for what we 'know' to be 'the law' and what the international legal field looks like. Furthermore, by interrogating undiscussed academic practices, it provides students with a candid view on the perils and promises of transnational legal scholarship, inviting them to join the discussion and to practice their discipline in a more reflexive way.

Written in an accessible format, containing a readable collection of personal and recognizable accounts of transnational legal practice, the book provides an everyday insight into transnational law. It will therefore appeal to international legal scholars, alongside any reader with an interest in transnational law.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

List of Figures

  1. Backstage Practices of Transnational Law

Lianne J.M. Boer and Sofia Stolk ♠ ♦ ♥ ♣

  1. Hashtags and Handshakes in the ICC
  2. Jillian Dobson ♠ ♣

  3. The Pace of Law (in a Transnational Time)
  4. Geoff Gordon ♥ ♣

  5. Let Us Save Our Good Project: Looking at an International Law Gathering to Workshop Chapters for a Volume
  6. John D. Haskell ♦ ♥

  7. ‘All the World’s a Stage’: Constituting International Justice at the ICC’s Assembly of States
  8. Marieke de Hoon and Kjersti Lohne ♦ ♣

  9. Academic Travel and Exclusion in The Backstage of Transnational Legal Practice
  10. Jessica C. Lawrence ♠ ♥

  11. Blind Justice and the Portraits on the Wall
  12. Sarah-Jane Koulen ♠ ♣

  13. Logistics of Participation in International Law
  14. Amin Parsa ♠ ♥

  15. Insta-Scholarship: The Self-Branding Practices of the ‘Digital Humanitarian’
  16. Christine Schwöbel-Patel ♥ ♣

  17. A Walk Along the Rue de la Loi: EU Façades as Front- and Backstage of Transnational Legal Practice
  18. Renske Vos ♠ ♥

  19. Moot Courts, Theatre and Rehearsal Practices
  20. Wouter Werner ♦ ♥

  21. Epilogue: Critical Intimacy and the Performance of International Law

Anne Orford ♠ ♦ ♥ ♣


Route 1 – The Guided Tour

Route 2 – The Rehearsal Space

Route 3 – A Day in the Life of a Legal Academic

Route 4 – A Drink in the Foyer

The symbols listed here suggest different routes you may take through this book. In the Introduction, we provide an account of what these routes signify.

About the Editors

Lianne J.M. Boer is Assistant Professor of Transnational Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law.

Sofia Stolk is a postdoctoral researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague (part of the University of Amsterdam) and a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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