The Materiality of International Law - CAICL

4:30pm - 5:30pm / Tuesday 14th November 2017 / Venue: Seminar Room 3 Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Research
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The Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law Research Cluster is delighted to be hosting Dr Jessie Hohmann in Conversation with Prof Jean d’Aspremont on

The talk will be followed by a reception, please register your attendance.

Material things fill our homes, our cities, our bodies, and we are surrounded by objects from the minute and ephemeral to the enduring and the enormous. Yet we seldom consider international law’s role in creating these objects; giving them force and authority; according them special or everyday status; or – on the other hand, stripping them of the authority to be, preventing their coming into being, or resulting in their destruction. From this perspective, our world is filled with objects of international law, and each of these material objects exists in a manner which is caught up with international law’s objects as purposes. In revealing the deep entanglements of international law and the material things around us, we can begin to understand how international law structures us as its subjects – and sets the contours for the possibilities and limits of our lives – through objects. This will enable new ways of thinking about, but also opportunities for contesting, resisting, and re-forming international law and its implications for our lived experience.

Dr Jessie Hohmann has broad research and teaching interests in the material and visual culture of international law, human rights (with a particular focus on the right to housing), and the rights of indigenous peoples in international law. She is Co-Director of the Queen Mary Centre for European and International Legal Affairs, and editor of the Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review. In 2017/18, Dr. Hohmann will hold an Early Career Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation, to further a research agenda on the objects and materiality of international law. Her publications include The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (Hart 2013) and she is co-editor of the forthcoming Hohmann and Joyce, International Law's Objects (OUP 2018).

Jean d'Aspremont is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Manchester where he founded the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) with Professor Iain Scobbie. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and director of the Oxford Database on International Organizations. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law. He is series editor of the Melland Schill Studies in International Law.