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International Workshop: Norms, Practice, Normativity (Hamburg)

In the context of a project funded by the Landesforschungsförderung (funding by the state of Hamburg) the Chair of Political Science, especially Global Governance has organized a workshop on the topic of “Norms, Practice, Normativity: Towards a New International Relations Theory.” The workshop took place from November 16-18 at the Centre for Globalisation and Governance. The focus was on the increasingly contestatory international practice in a world that has arguably come out of joint. To this end, participants mainly representing two recent strands of theory in the field of International Relations – critical norms research and international practice theory – discussed about the nexus between normativity and practice, that is, the ongoing contestation of norms and normativity in the course of everyday international practice. As part of the workshop, two keynote speeches were held by Mervyn Frost (King’s College London) and Antje Wiener (Universität Hamburg). Further participants were Jonathan Austin, Jonas Hagmann, Jonathan Havercroft, Maren Hofius, Friedrich Kratochwil, Xymena Kurowska, Anna Leander, Silviya Lechner, Philip Liste, Peter Niesen, Vincent Pouliot, and Jan Wilkens. A publication of the workshop contributions is planned. Moreover, the project serves the end of establishing an international network of scholars to cooperate in a future collaborative research initiative.

Statement About ISA 2017

After a long and very careful process of deliberation, we have decided not to attend this year’s Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) in Baltimore (Feb 22-25). This has been a tough decision since we do see the great value of the international exchange, taking place at academic conferences like the ISA meetings. Given the current political climate in the United States and, relatedly, the large group of people who have been unjustifiably targeted by Executive Orders recently, we deem it impossible to undertake the planned research activities together with colleagues from around the world. In solidarity with these colleagues and the deeply concerning absence of respect for race, gender or independence of the judiciary, and academic freedom, all fundamental norms that are at the centre of the democratic world, we feel it would be unethical to attend: unfortunately, the current circumstances necessitate a break with normal academic practice. However, we do wish to point out that this should not be understood as a decision against those of our colleagues who have come to a different conclusion. Together we stand against restrictions of academic freedom and for the rule of law and democracy as essential for normal academic practice.

Team at the Chair of Political Science, especially Global Governance, University of Hamburg

Talk with Prof. Philippe Sands at HIS, Hamburg

East West Street. On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity by Prof. Philippe Sands (University College London, Faculty of Laws)

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017, 6pm at the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung (HIS)

Research Area 4 at the Centre for Globalisation and Governance (CGG) in Cooperation with the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung (HIS)

The talk is now online!

When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him half way around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg trial. Part historical detective story, part family history, Sands guides us through some interconnected stories on the development of international law and the inclusion of the terms ‘crimes against humanity’ (Lauterpacht) and ‘genocide’ (Lemkin) in the judgement at Nuremberg.

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at the University College London Faculty of Laws. His fields of expertise include public international law, the settlement of international disputes, and environmental and natural resources law. As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before various international courts, including the ITLOS in Hamburg. Sands is also a regular commentator in the media. His most recent book East West Street is winner of the Baillie Gifford (Samuel Johnson) Prize for Non-Fiction.