Saturday, September 16, 2017

Conference: The Trajectories of International Legal Histories

On October 20, 2017, the Leiden Journal of International Law will hold its 30th Anniversary Symposium, in The Hague. The theme is: "The Trajectories of International Legal Histories." The program is here. Here's the idea:

Thirty years ago, the Leiden Journal of International Law was born, at a time when the writing of histories was hardly a popular endeavour for international legal scholars. In his 1987 article ‘Probleme der Völkerrechtsgeschichte’ (‘The Problems of International Legal History’), Heinhard Steiger argued that only very few, ‘mostly authors of the older generation’, were interested in international legal history. Much has changed since that time.

The aim of this symposium is to pay tribute to the remarkable developments within the field, to engage in critical reflection on the directions that it has taken, and to discuss the potential avenues for future research. The symposium will engage with questions of methodology and perspective. We hope that it will encourage further historical work on international law and reveal the new possible ways of its application.