International Law and Revolution: Concepts, Categories, and History

Symposium

International Law and Revolution: Concepts, Categories, and History

In this talk, Dr Kumar will address the "fit" between revolution and international law which is the subject of her monograph, and builds on her most recent work, International Law, Kelsen and the Aberrant Revolution: Excavating the Practices of Revolutionary Legality in Rhodesia and Beyond’’ in The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and Their Politics, eds Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja Aalberts, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (CUP 2016). Specifically, her paper will examine the nature of the problem that revolution poses as a concept for the discipline of international law and for the telling of international legal pasts and beginnings. Second, it will examine some of the ways legal scholars and jurists have historically framed revolution in extant international legal categories. Last it will discuss the turn to history in the discipline of international law, and the ways in revolutionary events can help us think about the limits and possibilities of international legal practices.

Presenter

  • Dr Vidya Kumar
    Dr Vidya Kumar, University of Leicester