Confederate Monuments and International Law

42 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2018 Last revised: 27 Mar 2018

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Lucas Lixinski

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: January 8, 2018


This article engages with the controversy around the removal of Confederate Monuments in the US, from the perspective of international law. While the issue is prima facie domestic, international law offers a laboratory to consider the multiple tensions a step removed from their current charged and emotional environment. The article argues that, for the most part, international law supports maintaining the status quo with respect to the monuments, particularly through its preference for all-or-nothing responses. However, read from the perspective of transitional justice, greater nuance and pragmatism is added to the debate, leading to more constructive responses that can actually live up to international law's promises with respect to the fields affected by the Confederate Monuments controversy.

Keywords: International Law, Confederate Monuments, Cultural Heritage, Human Rights, Transitional Justice

Suggested Citation

Lixinski, Lucas, Confederate Monuments and International Law (January 8, 2018). Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 32, 2018. Available at SSRN:

Lucas Lixinski (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2052

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