09:30 - 00:00
Professor Fleur Johns Professor in the Faculty of Law & Justice at UNSW Sydney
Lectures, talks and seminars
Public International Law Lecture
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Please join us for the latest instalment of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series.
The Essex Public International Law Lecture Series welcomes you to to the latest instalment presented by Professor Fleur Johns, Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW, Sydney and chaired by Dr Emily Jones from the School of Law at the University of Essex.
Humanitarianism is becoming digital and this is reconfiguring international legal relations. This is an empirical claim, made on the basis of more than six years examining efforts within the United Nations system to make greater use of data science and observing the material and rhetorical investments being made in digital technology within many international humanitarian organizations. It is also a polemical claim. That is, it involves a problematization of the idea that international legal change tends to proceed along progressive, programmatic pathways of the kind that international lawyers are forever laying. It posits something non-scientifically akin to an epistemological break; international law is already otherwise. This public lecture will develop this empirical-polemical claim by riffing off an essay that Sigmund Freud published in 1930, Civilisation and its Discontents. The talk will proceed in eight parts – introducing eight discontents that arise from digital humanitarianism – improvising loosely and disloyally with the eight parts of Freud’s essay. In the course of this improvisation, the talk will offer a preview of some ideas and arguments developed in a forthcoming monograph #Help: Digital Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Order to be published by Oxford University Press.
The Essex Public International Law lecture series is founded, hosted and co-chaired by Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones based in the School of Law. This is a weekly lecture series featuring judges of international courts and tribunals, leading academics, and practitioners of international law from governmental service, international organizations, and private practice from across the globe. The series prides itself on building on two important intellectual traditions of international law: formalism and international legal practice, and international legal theory including postcolonial and feminist perspectives.
We welcome all students, academics, practitioners and legal advisors to join us.
You can register here for the event which will be held on zoom.
Dr Emily Jones is an international lawyer whose interdisciplinary work combines theory and practice. Her current work focuses on: gender and international law, international environment law, imperialism, political economy and international law; and science, technology and international law.
Dr Meagan Wong is a generalist public international lawyer. She has advised states on a broad set of issues of public international law, including treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law and the relationship between international and national law, and has particular expertise regarding the crime of aggression.