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Call for Papers for conference on ‘Deconstructing International Law’

The Maastricht Study Group for Critical Approaches to International Law thus warmly invites applications for the upcoming conference entitled Deconstructing International Law. The conference will be held in hybrid online/offline format at Maastricht University, Netherlands, on 7 April 2022. It seeks to bring together legal researchers from around the globe to deconstruct the assumptions that plague international law, and perhaps to reconstruct our view of the international legal order; to paint a picture of what international law could be.

We will consider abstracts on all subjects relating to Deconstructing International Law, using any methodology/ies, and would be particularly glad to receive abstracts on the following themes/topics:

  1. Deconstructing the history of international law, including the role of the so-called ‘Fathers’ of international law
  2. Deconstructing the role and/or notion of the nation state in international law
  3. Deconstructing the ideas and purpose behind international humanitarian law and international criminal law
  4. Deconstructing foundational ideas of human rights law

Abstracts of maximum 500 words can be submitted through this online form before 23:59 CET on 16 January 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 February 2022 and will be expected to submit a paper of 6,000-8,000 words by 24 March, and to present their paper at the conference on 7 April 2022. Participation in the conference is possible both offline and online, subject to applicable health and travel regulations. Researchers from outside Europe and/or in an early stage of their career are especially encouraged to submit an abstract. Any questions may be directed to Sally Thin at The full Call for Papers can be found here.

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