International Law’s Collected Stories

Coming Soon:

Sofia Stolk and Renske Vos (eds.)
Palgrave Macmillan
, forthcoming 2020.

Once upon a time..  

This edited volume presents a collection of stories that experiment with different ways of looking at international law. By using different literary lenses –namely, storytelling, the novel, the drama, the collage, the self-portrait, and the museum– the authors shed light on elements of international law that usually remain unseen/unheard and expose the limits of what international law can do. We inquire into who the storytellers of international law are, the stages on which they tell their stories, and who are absent in these tales. We present it as a collection; a set of different essays that more or less deal with the same subject matter. Alternatively, we would like to call it a potpourri of stories, since the diversity of topics and approaches is eclectic and unconventional. By placing multiple perspectives alongside each other we aim to compare and contrast, to allow for second thoughts, and to rediscover. In doing so, we engage with the ambiguities of international law’s characters and spaces, and with the worldviews they reflect and worlds they create.

Collected Stories:  

  1. Introduction: International Law’s Collected Stories
    Sofia Stolk (T.M.C. Asser Instituut) & Renske Vos (VU Amsterdam)

  2. Pride and Prejudice: Silence and the Undertold Stories of International Law
    Elisabeth Schweiger (York University) &
    Aoife O’Leary McNeice (University of Cambridge)

  3. Staging International Law’s Stories: ‘Kapo in Jerusalem’
    Mark Drumbl (Washington and Lee)

  1. A story that cannot be told: Sexual Violence against Men in ICTR and ICTY Jurisprudence
    Thomas Charman (University of Edinburgh)

  2. Cities and International Law: a self-portrait
    Lisa Roodenburg
    (T.M.C. Asser Instituut) and Sofia Stolk (T.M.C. Asser Instituut)

  3. International legal collage of an ideal city
    Miha Marčenko (University of Amsterdam)

  4. The Museum of White Terror, Taipei: ‘Children, don’t talk politics’
    Renske Vos
    (VU Amsterdam) & Owen Zong-Syuan Han (National Taiwan University)

  5. Epilogue
    Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics)

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