Letters from Bandung: Encounters with Another Inter-National Law

Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri and Vasuki Nesiah, Bandung, Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

26 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016

Date Written: March 17, 2016

Abstract

Between 1921 and 1945, Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned many times for ‘crimes’ related to India’s struggle for independence. Cumulatively, he spent many years in prison. Whilst in prison for the second or third time, Nehru began to write a series of letters to his then ten year old daughter, Indira. This chapter takes those letters as a point of departure for reflecting on the political work of history-telling in international law, and on the ways in which the ‘people’ in the Third World may be called by their leaders into relation, with each other, and with the world. In consideration of these questions, this essay is speculative rather than biographical, reflective rather than historical. What I seek to do here is to tease out a juridical-political imaginary of a certain moment, which the reader may juxtapose with what is imagined to be possible now for international law for, in and of the Global South.

Keywords: International law, history, Third World

Suggested Citation

Pahuja, Sundhya, Letters from Bandung: Encounters with Another Inter-National Law (March 17, 2016). Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri and Vasuki Nesiah, Bandung, Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2016).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2749443

Sundhya Pahuja (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia
+61 3 8344 7102 (Phone)

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