Conceptual Critique in International Law Workshop on 18 March 2020 will take place as a part of our Glasgow Conversations in International Law annual series.

The  Conveners of the event are GCILS’ Dr Akbar Rasulov and Professor Jean d’Aspremont, Chair in Public International Law at the University of Manchester and Professor of International Law at Sciences Po School of Law.

The aim of this half-day event is to encourage a broad conversation about the use, study, and critique of concepts and concept-like constructs – topoi, heuristics, analytical tools, pre-understandings – in contemporary international law scholarship. We do not propose any ‘strong’ theory of concepts. The provisional definition we have tried to follow proceeds from the assumption that the idea of concepts, in general, should be interpreted rather flexibly. To help lead the discussion, some of the participants are asked by the organizers to kick-start each conversation by sharing some preliminary thoughts. No one, however, will be required to give anything like a formal presentation – though if you so wish, you can circulate a brief position paper either on the day of the event or in advance. The idea, in any event, is to have a series of dialogues, not of monologues.


Provisional Programme of the afternoon:

12.30 – 13.00: Introductory remarks by Akbar Rasulov and Jean d’Aspremont

13.00 – 14.30: First conversation
Concepts: limits vs. possibilities
Led by Sahib Singh, Sophie Rigney and Richard Collins

14.30 – 15.00: Coffee break

15.00 – 16.30: Second conversation
Using concepts: lessons learnt and best practices
Led by Catherine Brölmann, David Scott and Mario Prost

16.30 – 17.00: Concluding discussion


The Workshop will take place in Room 322, Stair Building, Professor’s Square, University of Glasgow (Main Campus).

With any queries regarding the event, please contact Dr Akbar Rasulov.