State Socialism, Legal Experts, and the Genesis of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law after 1945
GWZO (at Leipzig U), Humboldt U Berlin & U Exeter
|Date||Thursday, 24 November 2016 – Saturday, 26 November 2016|
|Location||Humboldt U Berlin | Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Germany|
|Contact||Dietmar Müller | firstname.lastname@example.org|
In the history of international law, the socialist bloc has been generally relegated to the role of roadblock in fulfilling the ideals of Western liberalism. This conference seeks to question established narratives that have ignored or downplayed the role of state-socialist governments and legal experts in shaping the evolution of international criminal and humanitarian law after the end of the Second World War. With a geographic scope covering the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc, Africa, and China, the conference explores the socialist world’s doctrines and international engagements concerning the codification of different international crimes [including crimes against peace, the crimes of aggression, Apartheid, terrorism, slavery, narcotics trafficking and more], approaches to humanitarian intervention, and the relationship between state sovereignty and international law. The conference advances the idea that rather than simply block progress, socialist initiatives played a vital role in the production of norms and ideas that continue to be relevant for the current international criminal and humanitarian legal system.