CfP - Nordic Jurists and Legal Internationalism, 1880s-1970s

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Biography, Diplomacy and International Relations, Intellectual History, Law and Legal History, Political History / Studies

A two-part Workshop co-organized by PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order (University of Oslo), CEMES - Centre for Modern European Studies (University of Copenhagen), and Hans Blix Centre for the History of International Relations (Stockholm University). 

In this workshop, we explore the interweaving of international law with international politics, through the establishment of legal mechanisms and techniques, the juridification of multilateralism and global governance. Ideas about how, arguments for and actions to regulate state behaviour together with the actors involved are at the heart of this exploration. The geographical focus is on the Nordic region (in its wider definition) and actors that have some form of connection to it. Nordic actors have been among the most ardent supporters of a world governed by law rather than power or military might, and support for international law has, argueably, been at the heart of their foreign policies throughout the period identified here. Cohesiveness and contradictions between positions and actors are interesting tensions that form part of this group and their understandings, discussions and uses of international law. If this sparked your interest, the full Call is available at CfP_-_Nordic_jurists_and_legal_internationalism_1880s-1970s.pdf ( 

Some essential details: The two sessions will take place in Copenhagen 12-14 September 2022 and Stockholm 26-28 January 2023, with the now familiar caveat of possible travel restrictions due to Covid. Deadline for proposals (300-400 words and short biography/ies of author/s) is April 1, 2022. If accepted, the organisers will pay for travel and accommodation.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Haakon Ikonomou ( or Kjersti Brathagen (

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