International Law's Objects

ISBN : 9780198798200

Jessie Hohmann; Daniel Joyce
576 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
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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. By considering international law in the context of its material culture the authors offer a new and exciting theoretical perspective on the subject. With an image of each object reproduced in full colour, the book will make an engaging and interesting read for scholars, practitioners, and students alike.


Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce: Introduction
Thinking International Law Through Objects
1 Daniel Joyce: International Law's Cabinet of Curiosities
2 Jessie Hohmann: The Lives of Objects
3 Fleur Johns: Things we Make and Do with International Law
4 Wouter Werner: Saying and Showing
5 Isobel Roele: The Making of International Lawyers: Winnicott's Transitional Objects
Objects of International Law
1 Nicole De Silva: African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
2 Therese Murphy: AIDS Virus
3 Ioannis Kalpouzos: Armed Drone
4 Lucas Lixinski: Axum Stele
5 Filippo Fontanelli and Giuseppe Bianco: Barcelona Traction Share
6 Kimberley Trapp: Boots (on the Ground)
7 Francois Finck: Border Check Point, the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria
8 Jacqueline Mowbray: Breton Road Signs
9 Anne-Charlotte Martineau: Chicotte
10 Stephen Humphreys: Data: the Given
11 Immi Tallgren: Dechiqueteuse (Papershredder)
12 James Parker: Gavel
13 Helmut Aust: 'Good Urban Citizen'
14 Allesandra Arcuri: Glyphosate
15 Kate Miles: Insulae Moluccae: Map of the Spice Islands 1594
16 Ziv Bohrer: Jolly Roger
17 Surabhi Ranganathan: Manganese Nodules
18 Alex Mills: Mosul Four and Iran Six
19 Gerry Simpson: NM 68226 84912
TQ 30052 80597
20 Julia Dehm: One Tonne of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (1tCO2e)
22 Jean D'Aspremont and Eric De Brabandere: Paintings of International Law's Textbooks
23 Sarah Dehm: Passport
24 Thomas MacManus: Peace Sign, La Comunidad de Paz de San JoseCO de Apartado3
25 Sophie Rigney: Postcard from the ICTY
26 Andrew Lang: Purse Seine Net
27 Geoff Gordon: Railway Clocks
28 Alison Kesby: Refugee Chains
29 Rosemary Rayfuse: Russian Flag at the North Pole
30 Christine Schwobel-Patel and Wouter Werner: Screen
31 Ships' Ballast: Ships' Ballast
32 Doug Guilfoyle: Somali Pirate Skiff
33 Tanja Aalberts: Sovereign Mark of the Roi Ne-Do'ucoula, King of Boma
34 Daniel Litwin: Stained Glass Windows, the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace
35 Michael Fakhri: Sugar
36 Ruth Buchanan and Jeff Hewitt: Treaty Canoe
37 Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli: Trees
38 Charlie Peevers: USAID Rice - Haiti
39 Jeffrey Smith: Western Sahara Boundary Marker
40 Malgosia Fitzmaurice: Whale

About the author: 

Dr. Hohmann is a lecturer in law at Queen Mary, University of London. She researches in the areas of human rights and international law, with particular interests in how human rights push at the normative limits of international law. She has written a book on The Right to Housing: Law, Concepts, Possibilities (Hart, 2013, paperback 2014) which was shortlisted for the SLS prize. She also researches on indigenous rights. Her publications have considered the role of icons in human rights struggles, and how visions of social transformation connect with legal regulations and rights.; Dr. Joyce is a lecturer in law at UNSW Australia. He researches in the areas of international law and media law. His publications have considered the role of representation and of the media in shaping international law, as well as focusing on the evidentiary and historical aspects of international legal processes and institutions. At UNSW Law he lectures in the compulsory subject Law in a Global Context and offers elective subjects in media law and media and human rights. He is currently acting convenor for the international law stream within the Faculty of Law and co-ordinator for the postgraduate workshop of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

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