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More than a Critique? Revisiting the ‘Third World Approach to International Law’ (TWAIL)

Lecture by Nahed Samour, Law & Society Institute, HU Berlin

TWAIL scholarship grew out of claims that colonial legacies and imperial interests continue to structure the operation of international law. Despite this ‘dark side’ of international law, the decolonial era sees peoples of the Global South, social movements and rights activists continue to place hope in international law. Can the potential for international law be unlocked through its transformation from Global South’s below?

Nahed Samour has studied law and Islamic studies at the universities of Bonn, Birzeit/Ramallah, London (SOAS), Berlin (HU), Harvard, Damascus and was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main. She clerked at the Court of Appeals in Berlin, and held a Post Doc position at the Eric Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki University, Finland and was Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study. She is Junior Faculty at the Harvard Law School, Institute of Global Law and Policy.

Amongst her publications on TWAIL are:

-          “From Imperial to Dissident: Approaches to Territory in Islamic International Law”, in International Law and Religion. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Martti Koskenniemi,Monica García-Salmones & Paolo Amorosa (Hrsg.), Oxford University Press 2017, pp. 239-268;

-          “Palestine at Bandung: The Longwinded Start of a Re-Imagined International Law”, in Bandung: Global Law and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures, Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri, Vasuki Nesiah (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 595-615.

-          “Modernized Islamic International Law Concepts as a Third World Approach to International Law”, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 72 (2012), S.543-577.

This event is part of the lecture series:
ZMO Colloquium winter semester 2019/2020
Thinking and Re-Thinking the World in the Decolonial Era: Thinkers and Theorizing from the Global South