Decolonization and the Eventness of International Law
Fleur Johns, Richard Joyce and Sundhya Pahuja (eds) Events: The Force of International Law (Routledge, 2011), ISBN: 9780415554527
15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2018
Date Written: 2011
My retelling of the decolonization story seeks to track at least one of these battles in that context. But in accordance with the purpose of this volume, I seek here to tell the story in an idiom influenced by current theoretical (re)conceptualizations of the 'event'. Accordingly, the emphasis here lies on what we might think of as 'the political' moment of law, or on a (re)discovery of the 'eventness' of international law itself. What such an idiom can bring to the theoretical observation about law's 'critical instability' is a way to highlight the moments of deliberation and choice, and ultimately contingency, in a story usually told as part of a historical unfolding of events in which international law serves in a straightforward way as a vehicle for a progression to a more equal world governed by law.
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