Collaborative Research Networks
Luis Eslava, Rose Sydney Parfitt, Markus Gunneflo, Nadia Lambek, Richard Clements
The International Law and Politics Collaborative Research Network brings together a large group of junior and senior scholars, teachers, researchers, and practitioners working on the politics of international legal thought, practice, method and history. Members are based in institutions and organizations across the world, both in the Global North and South. They employ a wide variety of theoretical and empirical approaches, drawn from the discipline of international law but also from anthropology, political science, history, political economy, sociology, international relations, cultural studies and more. They do so to examine some of the most pressing problems related to the current global (dis)order and its normative underpinnings. The work of the members manifests a diverse range of political inclinations. Their concerns range from practices of human rights and judicial activism to the development of Marxian, postcolonial, feminist, queer and posthuman legal theory, and from the heterodox regulation of international finance and trade to the critical potential of international legal historiography. In this way, the CRN speaks directly to the increasing visibility of the discipline of international law as existing global, national and local legal orders come to be contested and reconfigured, and to the varied responses of scholars and practitioners to this reality.
The CRN aims to make a distinct contribution to the LSA and its program through the creation of a unique space in which ongoing research and collaboration in the broad area of international law and politics can be pursued on a continuous basis. The annual meetings help the CRN realize its objective of fostering inter-institutional and inter-generational collaboration throughout the year, supporting the publication of work, the holding of public events, and the development of innovative and progressive approaches to research, teaching and international legal practice.