The History and Theory of International Law Interest Group was established in 2020.  The last few decades have witnessed a sustained growth of interest in the history and theory of international law. Empirical studies have tried to verify and/or quantify the effectiveness of international legal instruments; scholars inspired by the Third World Approaches to International Law movement have sought to historicise the discipline and uncover the continuing influence of imperialism on its doctrines; intellectual histories of international law have sought to better contextualise its development as a profession. Scholars based in Australia and Aotearoa - New Zealand have been important contributors to these debates. The significance of international legal history and theory is even more pronounced in the context of these two countries given the central role of international legal doctrines and techniques in legal and political battles surrounding settler colonialism and the ongoing negotiation of settler-Indigenous relations. Established in 2020, the History and Theory of International Law Interest Group of ANZSIL is open to scholars who focus on the history and theory of the discipline or are interested in the ways history and theory can inform their own work. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Group will hold its meetings and events online until further notice. Ideas about future activities are most welcome. 


The Group is co-chaired by:

Dr Kathryn Greenman (Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney) (2023 - 2025)

Valeria Vazquez Guevara (Melbourne Law School/ Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong) (2022 - 2024)

Contact us:

ANZSIL Secretariat | Centre for International and Public Law 
ANU College of Law | The Australian National University | 5 Fellows Road | Canberra ACT 2601

ABN: 94 662 977 865 

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