Prof Gerry Simpson, Sentimental Life of International Law

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Talk by Professor Gerry Simpson, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sentimental Life of International Law


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What it might mean to speak about a “sentimental life” of international law? More specifically, the talk comes out of a general preoccupation with the continuities and discontinuities of literary and juridical accounts of life and it explores a hunch (though it is really the hunch of the 20th century) that most of what’s interesting in life occurs off-screen, that surprisingly little is facially explicable and that the informal (to render things sociologically) or the unconscious (to think psychotherapeutically) or the emotional (in its neurological, or philosophical or affective dimensions) or the micro-political (to make a contrast with formal legal arrangements) are largely obscure to us without quite a bit of effort and that, as a consequence, our patterns of engagement can become paradoxically stultifying and familiar and, yet, also, obscure and muddy. A sentimental life of international law might help us a bit here.

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Gerry Simpson was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at LSE January, 2016. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne (2007-2015), the Australian National University (1995-1998) and LSE (2000-2007). He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (Polity 2007), and co-editor (with Kevin Jon Heller) of Hidden Histories (Oxford, 2014) and (with Raimond Gaita) of Who’s Afraid of International Law? (Monash, 2016). Gerry’s current research projects include an ARC-funded project on Cold War International Law (with Matt Craven, SOAS) and Sundhya Pahuja, (Melbourne) and a counter-history of International Criminal Justice. He is currently also writing about the literary life of international law; an exploratory essay –  "The Sentimental Life of International Law" –  was published in The London Review of International Law. A book of the same name will be published in 2019. He is an editor of The London Review of International Law and an occasional essayist and contributor for Arena Magazine in Melbourne (his latest essay is entitled "Syrian Fantasies") and The Conversation.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/law/people/academic-staff/gerry-simpson

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