Crisis Narratives in International Law


This volume offers a series of short and highly self-reflective essays by leading international lawyers on the relation between international law and crises. It particularly shows that international law shapes the crises that it addresses as much as it is shaped by them. It critically evaluates the modes of intervention of international law in the problems of the world. Together these essays provide a unique stocktaking about the role, limits, and potential of international law as well as the worlds that are imagined through international lawyers’ vocabularies.
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Makane Moïse Mbengue is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and Director of the Department of International Law and International Organization. He is also an Affiliate Professor at Sciences Po Paris (School of Law). He is a Member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law. Since 2017, he is the President of the African Society of International Law (AfSIL). He is the author of several publications in the field of international law.
Jean d’Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po School of Law. He also holds a chair of Public International Law at the University of Manchester. He has written extensively on international law and international legal theory. His work has been translated in several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Japanese and Persian.
Crisis and Its Curators: A Preface  
Philippe Sands

Notes on Contributors

  Makane Moïse Mbengue and Jean d’Aspremont

1 The Love of Crisis
  Jan Klabbers

2 Crisis? What Damned Crisis?
  Iain Scobbie

3 Crisis Narratives and the Tale of Our Anxieties
  Hélène Ruiz Fabri

4 Crisis and International Law: A Third World Approaches to International Law Perspective
  B.S. Chimni

5 covid and the Crisis Mode in International Legal Scholarship
  Frédéric Mégret

6 Narratives of Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Tales from Africa
  Makane Moïse Mbengue

7 International Law as a Crisis Discourse The Peril of Wordlessness
  Jean d’Aspremont

8 covid-19 as a Catalyst for the (Re-)Constitutionalisation of International Law: One Health – One Welfare
  Anne Peters

9 The covid-19 Pandemic Crisis and International Law: A Constitutional Moment, A Tipping Point or More of the Same?
  Yuval Shany

10 Beyond War Narratives: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic
  Eliana Cusato

11 Repetitive Renewal: covid, Canons and Blinkers
  Christian J. Tams

12 International Law and Crisis Narratives after the covid-19 Pandemic
  Catherine Kessedjian

13 Only Once … Upon a Time?
  Laurence Boisson de Chazournes

14 The Kaleidoscopic World Confronts a Pandemic
  Edith Brown Weiss

15 How Learned Are Our Lessons?
  Mónica Pinto

16 Hobbes and the Plague Doctors
  Benedict Kingsbury

17 The covid-19 Crisis, Indigenous Peoples, and International Law: A Vulnerability Perspective
  Malgosia Fitzmaurice

18 covid-19 and Research in International Law
  Fuad Zarbiyev

19 A Narrative of Crises from the Perspective of a Young Scholar
  Iga Joanna Józefiak

This book is of immediate interest to a readership of both scholars and practitioners, International lawyers, including scholars, practitionners, PhD students, postgraduate students and International Relations scholars
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