Introduction: TWAIL: On Praxis and the Intellectual

Third World Quarterly Vol. 37:11 (2016) 1946-1956

Posted: 21 Oct 2016

See all articles by Usha Natarajan

Usha Natarajan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Reynolds

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Amar Bhatia

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Sujith Xavier

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 22, 2016

Abstract

This Special Issue emerges from the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Cairo Conference in 2015 and addresses the conference theme, ‘On Praxis and the Intellectual’, by focusing on different aspects of the intellectual as a political actor. In introducing this Issue, we provide some background to the TWAIL network, movement, event, and publications; and delineate our own understandings of scholarly praxis as editors and conference organisers. Broadly, we understand praxis as the relationship between what we say as scholars and what we do – as the inextricability of theory from lived experience. Understood in this way, praxis is central to TWAIL, as TWAIL scholars strive to reconcile international law’s promise of justice with the proliferation of injustice in the world it purports to govern. Reconciliation occurs in the realm of praxis and TWAIL scholars engage in a variety of struggles, including those for greater self-awareness, disciplinary upheaval, and institutional resistance and transformation.

Keywords: TWAIL, international law, Third World, praxis, Global South, Cairo

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Natarajan, Usha and Reynolds, John and Bhatia, Amar and Xavier, Sujith, Introduction: TWAIL: On Praxis and the Intellectual (September 22, 2016). Third World Quarterly Vol. 37:11 (2016) 1946-1956. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847159

Usha Natarajan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Reynolds (Contact Author)

National University of Ireland, Maynooth ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland

Amar Bhatia

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Sujith Xavier

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Canada

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