DI155 | Spring | 3 ECTS

Global South and International Law: From Colonial Companies to Foreign investment

Start date: 12 April 2022 End Date: 1 June 2022 Class delivered online. Final essay due: 20 June 2022 The object of this course is to explore the history, structure and process of international law in shaping relations between the European and non-European worlds. Specifically, we will consider the role of international law in facilitating imperialism, and in generating and maintaining relations of inequality both historically and in the present. We will pay particular attention to the role of companies, from the (pre)colonial trading companies and their place in the law of nations, to present day global corporations and their relationship to international law. At the same time, we will consider attempts by actors in the Global South to use, re-orient and transform international law to align with alternative possibilities for how peoples and states could relate to each other and share the earth. We will approach these broad themes from historical, theoretical and doctrinal perspectives by studying cases, classic works, and both scholarly and popular contemporary texts.