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International Organizations and State Sovereignty A Relationship in Flux

2019 ESIL Annual Conference, Athens  12 September 2019, 11.00 – 13.30 Room 1, 45 Academias Str A Relationship in Flux Programme   11h00 – 11h15 Welcome and Introduction Sufyan Droubi   11h15 – 13h15  Roundtable Convenors 1.     Frederick Cowell (Birkbeck), ‘Defining Sovereignty by Defiance: How sovereign identity is defined through human rights backlash’ 2.     Pola... Continue Reading →

An Ambivalent Engagement: International Organisations and the International Rule of Law

Workshop at the occasion of the 2019 ESIL Research Forum, Göttingen 3rd April 2019, 13:00 – 16:30 Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen The ESIL Interest Group on International Organisations gladly presents the programme of the workshop on the theme of international organisations and the rule of law. The Coordinating Committee has received many... Continue Reading →

International Law as Insulation – The Case of the World Bank in the Decolonization Era  

This paper maps out how (international) legal concepts and norms were employed during the inter-institutional struggle between the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank (Bank) in the era of decolonization. The first contribution of the paper is historiographical. Drawing on material from the Bank’s (oral) archives, the paper gives an original account of the ways in which the organization bypassed the ‘universalist’ aspirations that were gaining a foothold in the UN’s democratic bodies. Secondly...

Exploring international organisations’ idiosyncratic reluctance to human rights

Arguing that the realization of the function for which they have been created must take precedence over all other considerations, international organisations have tended to present the realization of that function as essential to protecting universal interests. In doing so, they have however contributed to weakening human rights standards. This contribution explores the reasons of that idiosyncratic reluctance to human rights.

International Organisations and the Dream of Universality

As you may already know, IG-IO will convene an Agora on the topic of International Organisations and the Dream of Universality at the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law. This will be Agora 9 on Friday 14th September 2018 from 13:30 to 15:00. This post describes the Agora and provides the abstracts of the presentations.


The IG-IO will organize a pre-conference event at the occasion of the 2018 ESIL Annual Conference, consisting of a workshop on "Case Studies on International Organisations and Universality", and of the IG-IO annual meeting. Manchester UK - September 13 - 9:00 to 10:30am. Continue reading for more information. All invited!

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