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The Process of International Legal Reproduction

The Process of International Legal Reproduction
Inequality, Historiography, Resistance


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Author: Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School, University of Kent and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
  • Publication planned for: January 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781316515198

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  • That all states are free and equal under international law is axiomatic to the discipline. Yet even a brief look at the dynamics of the international order calls that axiom into question. Mobilising fresh archival research and drawing on a tradition of unorthodox Marxist and anti-colonial scholarship, Rose Parfitt develops a new 'modular' legal historiography to make sense of the paradoxical relationship between sovereign equality and inequality. Juxtaposing a series of seemingly unrelated histories against one another, including a radical re-examination of the canonical story of Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia, Parfitt exposes the conditional nature of the process through which international law creates and disciplines new states and their subjects. The result is a powerful critique of international law's role in establishing and perpetuating inequalities of wealth, power and pleasure, accompanied by a call to attend more closely to the strategies of resistance that are generated in that process.

    • Draws on radical historiographical, legal, linguistic and anti-colonial theory to create a new methodological framework that challenges some of the key assumptions underpinning the contemporary international order
    • Engages with some of the international order's most pressing concerns, from escalating civil conflict to global warming to the struggle for indigenous self-determination on indigenous terms
    • Mobilises a new archive of primary materials gathered in Addis Ababa, Rome, Geneva and London to explore the legal dynamics of oppression and resistance, from the Ethiopian Empire's efforts to resist fascist annexation to anticolonial struggles ongoing for more than four centuries
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    • Publication planned for: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781316515198
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Stand: conditionality and sovereign inequality
    Frame: history as shadow-box and the process if international legal reproduction
    1. The 'Abyssinia Crisis' and international law
    2. State colony, individual: the Longue Durée of international legal reproduction
    3. International legal reproduction and the League of Nations
    4. Empire des Nègres Blancs: the emergence of the Ethiopian empire as a subject of international law
    5. Interpellation and resistance: Ethiopia and the allure of the League
    6. Reconnecting the crisis
    Lid: discipline, resistance and the process of international legal reproduction today

  • Author

    Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School, University of Kent and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
    Rose Parfitt is a Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School and a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she holds a Discovery (DECRA) Award from the Australian Research Council. She also teaches regularly at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) workshops.

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