Can fiction fan the spark of hope in Martti Koskenniemi’s critical international law writings? In the course of a critical reading of Wouter Werner, Marieke de Hoon, & Alexis Galán, The Law of International Lawyers: Reading Martti Koskenniemi (Cambridge University Press, 2017), this review article argues against the hermeneutics of suspicion and for a more reparative approach to doing international law critically. Drawing on work in Literary Studies, it identifies the limiting effects suspicion can have on critique and suggests that fiction offers a way of grounding abstract concepts and thinking about their complications and implications. It illustrates this technique by reading one of Koskenniemi’s theoretical protagonists, dubbed the “critical professional” by Sahib Singh, alongside the trope of the maverick cop in TV police procedurals, with special reference to The Wire.
Monday, July 9, 2018
Roele: Policing Critique
Isobel Roele (Queen Mary Univ. of London - Law) has posted Policing Critique (Modern Law Review, Vol. 81, no. 4, pp. 701-721, July 2018). Here's the abstract: