International Law’s Collected Stories

Sofia Stolk and Renske Vos (eds.)
Palgrave Macmillan

‘A vibrant assortment of late-style tales of the unexpected: a marvellously new international law.’

— Gerry Simpson, Professor of Public International Law, the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK)

​‘In light of the book’s novel content and its unique literary approach, it not only engages with recent critical scholarship on international law but perhaps more crucially, it also stands to push existing theoretical and conceptual debates forward into new terrain.’

— Suwita Hani Randhawa, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations University of the West of England (Bristol, UK)

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.


1  Once Upon a Time in International Law…
Sofia Stolk and Renske Vos

2  Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen and the (In)ability to Speak International Law
Elisabeth Schweiger and Aoife O’Leary McNeice

3  Staging International Law’s Stories: Kapo in Jerusalem
Mark Drumbl

4  A Story that Can(not) be Told: Sexual Violence against Men in ICTR and ICTY Jurisprudence Thomas Charman

5  The Desire to be an International Law City: A Self-Portrait of The Hague and Amsterdam
Lisa Roodenburg and Sofia Stolk

6  International Legal Collage of an Ideal City
Miha Marčenko

7 The Museum of White Terror, Taipei: ‘Children, don’t talk politics’
Renske Vos and Owen Zong-Syuan Han

8 Becoming Epilogual
Gerry Simpson

Find out more..

Leave a Reply