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History of Public International Law

English title History of Public International Law
Applicant Peters Anne
Number 126599
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Juristische Fakultät Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Legal sciences
Start/End 01.10.2009 - 31.05.2012
Approved amount 268'591.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Legal sciences
General history (without pre-and early history)

Keywords (7)

History of Public International Law; Legal History; International Legal History; International Law; Global History; Globalization; history of international law

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Project Handbook of the History of Public International Law Zusammen mit Prof. Bardo Fasbender, Universiät der Bundeswehr, München.Publikation des Handbuches bei Oxford University Press ist bereits vereinbart.The projects consists in the preparation and publication of a Handbook of the History of Public International Law which will reflect the rising interest in the history of public international law long neglected both by lawyers and historians.The project brings together around forty eminent scholars of international law, of legal history and of global history from all parts of the world. The Handbook will roughly cover the period between the Early Moderns and the foundation of the United Nations in 1945. Although the Peace of Westphalia (1648) remains a benchmark date, it is well possible that other periodizations will be established in some contributions.The Handbook is supposed to become the standard reference work for the history of international law in the next decades. It will address scholars from international law, from legal history and from the field of global history. As a handbook, it will provide an authoritative overview of the historic origins of basic concepts and core issues of international law. Agenda-setting essays by leading academics, also of non-European origin, will give an important input to the direction of future debates and progress in the field. Scholars of global history will obtain new perspectives on the importance of international law, whereas scholars from international law will benefit from the inclusion of historiographical knowledge and new approaches to the phenomenon of cultural encounters.A distinct emphasis will be laid on methodological questions. The volume will for the first time give a global account of the history of international law, thereby overcoming the traditional eurocentrism of the academic treatment of the subject. The ambition is to move beyond the traditional idea that international law is the product of European Great Power's politics. Although the state as a category of international law and historical analysis will not be disregarded, inputs from global history will be used to encourage a greater awareness of the place of smaller nations and non-European peoples in the history of international law. This historical deepening in turn is supposed to provide an important input to the current debate about the impact of globalization on contemporary international law in the so-called 'postnational constellation'.
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Publication
The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law
Bardo Fassbender Anne Peters Simone Peter (assistant editor) Daniel Högger (assistant editor) (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law.

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
133579 Globale Völkerrechtsgeschichte 01.01.2011 Scientific Conferences

Abstract

While the history of international law has long been neglected both by lawyers and historians, there is now a rising interest in that subject. Our research goal is to promote studies in the field of international legal history which will be published as ‘The Oxford Handbook of the History of Public International Law’. We aim at bringing together around forty eminent scholars of international law, of legal history and of global history from all parts of the world. The Handbook will roughly cover the period between the Early Moderns and the foundation of the United Nations in 1945. Although the Peace of Westphalia (1648) remains a benchmark date, it is well possible that other periodizations will be established in some contributions.The Handbook is supposed to become the standard reference work for the history of international law in the next decades. It will address scholars from international law, from legal his-tory and from the field of global history. As a handbook, it will provide an authoritative over-view of the historic origins of basic concepts and core issues of international law. Agenda-setting essays by leading academics, also of non-European origin, will give an important input to the direction of future debates and progress in the field. The inclusion of global historians will provide scholars of global history with compelling new perspectives upon the importance of international law, whereas scholars from international law will benefit from the important inclusion of historiographical knowledge and new approaches to the phenomenon of cultural en-counters.A distinct emphasis will be laid on methodological questions. The volume will for the first time give a global account of the history of international law, thereby overcoming the traditional eurocentrism of the academic treatment of the subject. The ambition is to move beyond the traditional idea that international law is the product of European Great Power’s politics. Al-though the state as a category of international law and historical analysis will not be disregarded, inputs from global history will be used to encourage a greater awareness of the place of smaller nations and non-European peoples in the history of international law. This historical deepening in turn is supposed to provide an important input to the current debate about the impact of globalization on contemporary international law in the so-called ‘post-national constellation’ (Habermas).
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