2 June 2022
T.M.C. Asser Instituut – The Hague
Chaired by Geoff Gordon
Lianne Boer, International Law as we Know It: Cyberwar Discourse and the Construction of
Knowledge in International Legal Scholarship (Cambridge University Press 2021);
Sofia Stolk, The Opening Statement of the Prosecution in International Criminal Trials: A Solemn
Tale of Horror (Routledge 2021);
Wouter Werner, Repetition and International Law (Cambridge University Press 2022).
The three books grew out of cooperation between researchers at the Asser Institute, The Hague
and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. While different in topic, style and method, they share an
interest in themes such as aesthetics, style, narration and the power of the irrational in
international law. All three books, therefore, take excursions to other disciplinary fields in order
to make sense of legal practices and discourses in international law.
It is impossible to discuss three complete books in one seminar. It would also be boring.
Therefore, we have invited three discussants to do something else. Instead of disucssing the
books as they have been written, we asked them to focus on the future: what, if anything, could
these books mean in terms of new research questions, new directions and approaches of making
sense of international law?
14.00-14.30 Sarah Nouwen (European University Institute, Florence)
14.30-15.00 Katja Freistein (Centre for Global Cooperation Research/University Duisburg-
15.00-15.30 Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam)
16.00-17.00 General discussion