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International Law's Objects

Edited by:  Jessie Hohmann, Daniel Joyce

ISBN13: 9780198798217
To be Published: December 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99
Hardback edition not yet published, ISBN13 9780198798200

International law's rich existence in the world can be illuminated by its objects. International law is often developed, conveyed and authorized through its objects and/or their representation. From the symbolic (the regalia of the head of state and the symbols of sovereignty), to the mundane (a can of dolphin-safe tuna certified as complying with international trade standards), international legal authority can be found in the objects around us. Similarly, the practice of international law often relies on material objects or their image, both as evidence (satellite images, bones of the victims of mass atrocities) and to found authority (for instance, maps and charts).

This volume considers these questions; firstly what might the study of international law through objects reveal? What might objects, rather than texts, tell us about sources, recognition of states, construction of territory, law of the sea, or international human rights law? Secondly, what might this scholarly undertaking reveal about the objects - as aims or projects - of international law? How do objects reveal, or perhaps mask, these aims, and what does this tell us about the reasons some (physical or material) objects are foregrounded, and others hidden or ignored. Thirdly what objects, icons and symbols preoccupy the profession and academy? The personal selection of these objects by leading and emerging scholars worldwide, will illuminate the contemporary and historical fascinations of international lawyers.

As a result, the volume will be an important artefact (itself an object) in its own right, capturing the mood of international law in a given moment and providing opportunity for reflection on these preoccupations. By considering international law in the context of its material culture the authors offer a new theoretical perspective on the subject.

Public International Law
Part 1: Theorising the Material Culture of International Law
1: International Law's Cabinet of Curiosities, Dan Joyce
2: Objects and the Life of International Law, Jessie Hohmann
3: Things We Can Make and Do with International Law, Fleur Johns
4: Saying and Showing with International Law, Wouter Werner

Part 2: The Objects of International Law
i Order & Authority
1: Indigenous Sovereign Treaty Marks, Tanja Aalberts
2: African Court of Human and Peoples>' Rights Building, Nicole De Silva
3: OS Grid Ref NM 68226 84912/ OS Grid Ref TQ 30052 80597, Gerry Simpson
4: The Axum Steele, Lucas Lixinski
5: Insulae Moluccae: Dutch East India Company Map, Kate Miles
ii Commodities
1: Ships>' Ballast, Lolita Buckner-Inniss
2: One Cubic Tonne of Co2, Julia Dehm
3: Sugar, Michael Fakhri
4: Opium, Jessie Hohmann
5: The Purse Seine, Andrew Lang
6: Barcelona Traction Share, Giuseppe Bianco and Filippo Fontanelli
iii Technologies
1: Polymetallic Nodules from the Ocean Floor, Surabhi Ranganathan
2: Las Dechiqueteuse/The Paper Shredder, Immi Tallgren
3: The Gavel, James Parker
4: Glyphosate, Allesandra Arcuri
5: Railway Clocks, Geoffrey Gordon
iv Violence
1: La Chicotte, Anne-Charlotte Martineau
2: Treaty Canoe, Ruth Buchanan and Jeffery Hewitt
3: The Drone, Ioannis Kalpouzos
4: War Planes, Alex Mills
5: Boots, Kimberley Trapp
v Movement
1: The Passport, Sarah Dehm
2: Border Check Point, the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria, François Finck
3: Somali Pirate Skiff, Douglas Guilfoyle
4: Refugee Chains, Alison Kesby
5: The AIDS virus, Therese Murphy
vi Images
1: The Screen, Christine Schwoebel-Patel and Wouter Werner
2: The Paintings of International Law's Textbooks, Jean D>'Aspremont and Eric De Brabandere
3: Stained Glass Windows at the Peace Palace, Daniel Litwin
4: Postcard from the ICC, Sophie Rigney
5: Television, Daniel Joyce
vii Signs
1: The Jolly Roger, Ziv Bohrer
2: Breton Road Signs, Jacqueline Mowbray
3: Peace Sign in the Thomas MacManus
4: Western Sahara Boundary Marker, Jeffrey J Smith
5: Russian Flag at the North Pole, Rosemary Rayfuse
viii Subjects
1: Trees, Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli
2: The Helmut Aust
3: The Whale, Malgosia Fitzmaurice
4: Haiti Disaster Relief, Charlie Peevers