1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities

Edited By Shane Chalmers, Sundhya Pahuja Copyright 2021
    506 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    506 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook brings together 40 of the world’s leading scholars and rising stars who study international law from disciplines in the humanities – from history to literature, philosophy to the visual arts – to showcase the distinctive contributions that this field has made to the study of international law over the past two decades.

    Including authors from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, South Africa, the UK and the USA, all the contributors engage the question of what is distinctive, and critical, about the work that has been done and that continues to be done in the field of ‘international law and the humanities’. For many of these authors, answering this question involves reflecting on the work they themselves have been contributing to this path-breaking field since its inception at the end of the twentieth century. For others, it involves offering models of the new work they are carrying out, or else reflecting on the future directions of a field that has now taken its place as one of the most important sites for the study of international legal practice and theory. Each of the book’s six parts foregrounds a different element, or cluster of elements, of international law and the humanities, from an attention to the office, conduct and training of the jurist and jurisprudent (Part 1); to scholarly craft and technique (Part 2); to questions of authority and responsibility (Part 3); history and historiography (Part 4); plurality and community (Part 5); as well as the challenge of thinking, and rethinking, international legal concepts for our times (Part 6).

    Outlining new ways of imagining, and doing, international law at a moment in time when original, critical thought and practice is more necessary than ever, this Handbook will be essential for scholars, students and practitioners in international law, international relations, as well as in law and the humanities more generally.


    Introduction  Practice, Craft and Ethos: Inheriting a Tradition

     Shane Chalmers and Sundhya Pahuja

    Part 1: Formation

     1. Modus Vivendi: Office of Transnational Jurisprudent

     Shaun McVeigh with Ann Genovese and Mark McMillan

     2. Life in the Ruins: International Law as Doctrine and Discipline

     Gregor Noll

     3. Receiving Traditions of Civility, Remaking Conditions of Cohabitation: A Genealogy of   Politics, Law and Piety in South Asia

     Adil Hasan Khan

     4. The atomics

     Gerry Simpson

     5. Tender Images: Characters of Private International Law in the Humanities

     Judith Grbich

     6. A Training in Conduct

     Peter Fitzpatrick, Sundhya Pahuja, Richard Joyce, Kathleen Birrell and Ben Golder

    Part 2: Sense

     7. Absent Images of International Law

     Alice Palmer

     8. Listening about Law in the Sonic Arts: John Cage’s 4’33” and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s   Saydnaya (the missing 19dB)

     James E K Parker

     9. Criminal Procedure and the Humanities: Questions of Method and Orientation

     Tom Andrews

     10. Wayfaring Methods

     Olivia Barr

     11. Foot Notes. Reflections on Method and Form

     Laura Petersen

     12. Critical Humanities and the Human of International Human Rights Law

     Ben Golder

    Part 3: World-Making

     13. Certain (mis)Conceptions: Westphalian Origins, Portraiture and Wampum

     Jeffery G Hewitt

     14. The Travels of Human Rights: The UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition 1950-53

     Hilary Charlesworth

     15. International Law, Literature and Worldmaking

     Christopher Gevers

     16. Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Lord-Healer of Lost Cases, with a Translators Afterword:    Cultivating a Postcolonial Literary Legal Imagination

     Sunil Gangopadhyay, Debolina Dutta and Oishik Sircar

     17. We Are Making a New World

     Isobel Roele

    Part 4: History-Telling

     18. The Time of Revolution: Decolonisation, Heterodox International Legal Historiography   and the Problem of the Contemporary

     Matthew Craven

     19. A Double Take on Debt: Reparations Claims and Shifting Regimes of Visibility

     Vasuki Nesiah

     20. ‘The Object is to Frighten Him with Hope’: Questioning the Tragic Emplotments of    International Law and Decolonisation in the Chagos Archipelago

     Stewart Motha

     21. Contested Histories: Revisiting the Relationship between International Law and Slavery

    Anne-Charlotte Martineau

     22. ‘Space is the Only Way to Go’: The Evolution of the Extractivist Imaginary of    International Law

     Cait Storr

     23. International Law and the Production of New Resources: Lessons from the Colonisation   of Mars

     Henry Jones

     24. Revisiting Local Hero

     Ruth Buchanan

    Part 5: Community

     25. The Politics of Legibility: ‘The Family’ in International Human Rights Law

     Dianne Otto

     26. International Law at the Border: Refugee Deaths, the Necropolitical State and Sovereign   Accountability

     Sara Dehm

     27. Towards a Carceral Geography of International Law

     Kate Grady

     28. Law and Sacrifice in Australian Extra-Territorial Nation Spaces: The Residue of Empire

     Lee Godden

     29. Living Together after Violent Conflict: Museum-Making as Lawful Truth-Making

     Valeria Vázquez Guevara

     30. The Meeting of Laws in Australian Children’s Literature

     Sophie Rigney

    Part 6: Concepts for Our Times

     31. International Law and the Humanities in the ‘Anthropocene’

     Kathleen Birrell and Julia Dehm

     32. Who, or What, is the Human of International Humanitarian Law?

     Matilda Arvidsson

     33. Automating Authority: The Human and Automation in Legal Discourse on the    Meaningful Human Control of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

     Connal Parsley

     34. Rainbow Family: Machine Listening, Improvisation and Access to Justice in    International Family Law

     Sara Ramshaw

     35. In the Name of the Victim: Representing Victims in International Criminal Justice

     Maria Elander

     36. A Sovereignty that is ‘Useless to Fascism’

     Richard Joyce


    Shane Chalmers is a University of Melbourne McKenzie research fellow and Program Director in Law and Art at Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH), Melbourne Law School. He is the author of Liberia and the Dialectic of Law: Critical Theory, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law (Routledge, 2018) and a forthcoming critical literary-legal history of the colonisation of Australia.

    Sundhya Pahuja is a professor and the Director of Melbourne Law School’s Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH), The University of Melbourne. Sundhya has written widely on the history, theory and practice of international law in both its political and economic dimensions.