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Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law

27th April 2020, 09:00, Durham University

Durham University, Durham Law School

27th April 2020

Call for Papers

Durham Law School’s Law and Global Justice research cluster and the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS University of London are delighted to announce the second Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law to be held at Durham University on 27th April 2020.

The colloquium will focus on postgraduate research in international law that takes a critical approach (broadly understood). The organisers are keen to hear from anyone taking an innovative or in some sense alternative approach to the study of international law. Relevant approaches might include, for example: feminism/gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory, Marxism, TWAIL/post-colonial approaches, international legal history/history and international law, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, post-modernism, law and literature, law and art, realism, law and science, and/or empirical approaches.

The aim of the colloquium is to draw together junior scholars undertaking research in these fields and to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for the exchange of cutting-edge, heterodox ideas in the realm of public international law. Attendees will present their research and receive feedback and commentary from a more established scholar in the field. Attendees should be registered on a University MPhil/PhD programme (or other research degree) but need not be based in a law school. Students researching public international law in related disciplines such as international relations, politics, philosophy, history, gender studies, sociology or other fields are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following by email to both Dr. Matthew Nicholson (Durham Law School) at and Dr. Kate Grady (SOAS University of London) at

- Abstract of the research paper to be presented at the colloquium (no more than one page of A4)
- Short CV (no more than one page of A4) focussing on key research achievements to date (conference presentations, publications etc).

The deadline for receipt of applications (which must be sent to both Matthew and Kate – see email addresses above) is 5pm on 16th December 2019.

We aim to notify successful applicants in early January 2020. Attendees will be required to provide a summary of the argument they wish to present at the colloquium (no more than 2,500 words) to give the commentators time to prepare (deadline to be advised). The colloquium will take place at Durham University on 27th April 2020. There will be no charge to attend the colloquium, and lunch will be provided.

We may be able to provide some (limited) financial assistance (transport and accommodation costs) for participants who would not otherwise be able to attend. If your application is successful please advise the organisers (Matthew and Kate) of your need for financial assistance by email.

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