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International Law's Objects

Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce


International law’s rich existence in the world can be illuminated by its objects. International law is often developed, conveyed, and authorized through its objects and/or their representation. From the symbolic (the regalia of the head of state and the symbols of sovereignty), to the mundane (a can of dolphin-safe tuna certified as complying with international trade standards), international legal authority can be found in the objects around us. Similarly, the practice of international law often relies on material objects or their image, both as evidence (satellite images, bones of the victi ... More

Keywords: International law, materiality, material turn, methodology, style, material culture, objects, things, imagery, interdisciplinarity, archive, artefact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798200
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessie Hohmann, editor
Lecturer in Law, QMUL

Daniel Joyce, editor
Lecturer in Law, UNSW Australia

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Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce

Part I Thinking International Law Through Objects

2 The Lives of Objects

Jessie Hohmann

Part II Objects of International Law


Thérèse Murphy

3 Armed Drone

Ioannis Kalpouzos

4 Axum Stele

Lucas Lixinski

5 Barcelona Traction Share

Filippo Fontanelli and Giuseppe Bianco

6 Boots (on the Ground)

Kimberley N Trapp

8 Breton Road Signs

Jacqueline Mowbray

9 Chicotte

Anne-Charlotte Martineau

10 Data: The Given

Stephen Humphreys

12 Gavel

James EK Parker

13 ‘Good Urban Citizen’

Helmut Philipp Aust

14 Glyphosate

Alessandra Arcuri

17 Manganese Nodules

Surabhi Ranganathan

21 Opium

Jessie Hohmann

22 Paintings of International Law

Jean d’Aspremont and Eric De Brabandere

23 Passport

Sara Dehm

26 Purse Seine Net

Andrew Lang

27 Railway Clocks

Geoff Gordon

28 Refugee Chains

Alison Kesby

30 Screen

Christine Schwöbel-Patel and Wouter Werner

31 Ships’ Ballast

Lolita Buckner Inniss

32 Somali Pirate Skiff

Douglas Guilfoyle

33 Sovereign Marks

Tanja Aalberts

35 Sugar

Michael Fakhri

36 Treaty Canoe

Ruth Buchanan and Jeffery G Hewitt

37 Trees

Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli

38 USAID Rice—Haiti

Charlotte Peevers

40 Whale

Malgosia Fitzmaurice

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