As the traditional concepts and doctrines of international law, such as ‘state’ or ‘territory’, undergo profound transformations, the study of both the history and theory of international law has gained prominence. Our staff members make distinct and wide-ranging theoretical and historiographical contributions to the study of international law, for example, in relation to:

(i) globalisation and global governance;

(ii) sovereign debt lending by international financial institutions;

(iii) military intervention, disasters, and large-scale engineering projects;

(iv) human rights theory and democratic theory, particularly in relation to the ECHR;

(v) theory of international criminal law;

(vi) legal reasoning and legal pluralism at the intersection of the ‘private’ and the ‘international’; and

(vii) the historical intersections of the private law of property and the public international law of territory.



Highlights from our work in this area:

International Economic Law: New Voices, New Perspectives

Co-Edited by Dr Akbar Rasulov and John Haskell, this book brings together a series of contributions by international legal scholars that explore a range of subjects and themes in the field of international economic law and global economic governance through a variety of methodological and theoretical lenses. It introduces the reader to a number of different ways of constructing and approaching the study of international economic law. The book deals with a series of different theoretical agendas and perspectives ranging from the more traditional (empirical legal studies) to the more alternative (language theory) and it expands the scope of substantive discussion and thematic coverage beyond the usual suspects of international trade, international investment and international finance.


While the volume still gives due recognition to the traditional theoretical project of international economic law, it invites the reader to extend the scope of disciplinary imagination to other, less commonly acknowledged questions of global economic governance such as food security, monetary unions, and international economic coercion. In addition to historically-focused and critical perspectives, the volume also includes a number of programmatic and forward-looking explorations, which makes it appealing to a broad audience with a variety of contrasting interests. Therefore, the volume is of particular interest to academics and postgraduate students in the fields of international law, international relations, international political economy, and international history.


Publisher: Springer Cham


Publication Date: 2020


ISBN: 9783030325114