New Publication: “Conceptualizing Famine as a Subject of International Criminal Justice”

CAICL Cluster Banting postdoctoral fellow Randle DeFalco’s article discussing how the subject of famine is conceptualized within international criminal justice discourse and practice has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. The abstract and full article are available on the Penn Journal of International Law’s website:

Welcoming Dr Randle DeFalco

The Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law research cluster at the University of Liverpool is pleased to welcome Dr. Randle DeFalco. Dr. DeFalco joins the University as a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the most competitive and prestigious postdoctoral research fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, after completing his doctorate (SJD) at the University of Toronto. Dr. DeFalco’s research explores the role of aesthetics in shaping socio-legal understandings of the forms atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) may take. While at Liverpool, Dr. DeFalco will collaborate with CAICL Director Christine Schwöbel-Patel in…

CAICL Cluster Events in Liverpool 2017/2018

The CAICL research cluster has a busy diary of exciting events for the academic year of 2017/2018. Watch out for more events on the aesthetics and counter-aesthetics of international law project in 2018! Dr Jessie Hohmann (Queen Mary, University of London) in conversation with Prof Jean d’Aspremont (University of Manchester) on ‘The Materiality of International Law’, Tuesday 14 November 2017, Rendall building, Seminar room 3, 4.30pm Dr Randle DeFalco (University of Liverpool), ‘The Invisibility of Race at the ICC: Lessons from the US Criminal Justice System’, Wednesday 22 November 2017, Rendall building, Seminar room 5, 1pm Film screening ‘Watchers of…

Professor Mia Swart to speak in Liverpool

Tuesday 15th November 2016 4.30pm, Rendall Building, Lecture Theatre 1 Shifting Sands: From collective reparations to individual reparations and back Do we act as individuals or as groups? Do we fundamentally regard ourselves as individuals (who are responsible for our own fate and act autonomously) or as collectivities? These are the core questions explored by Philippe Sands in his recent play ‘A Song of Good and Evil’ and  his new book East West Street in which he juxtaposes the personalities and work of Hersch Lauterpacht and Raphael Lemkin. Lemkin’s focus is on ‘group victims’. He described acts of genocide as acts ‘directed against individuals, not in their individual capacity, but as members of national…

Call for Papers – Legacies of the Tricontinental

  CALL FOR PAPERS Legacies of the Tricontinental, 1966-2016: Imperialism, Resistance, Law 22-24 September 2016 Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2016 The conference organisers invite paper proposals for a transdisciplinary conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tricontinental Conference. The conference aims to reflect on the Tricontinental’s enduring political, legal and economic importance, while also bringing together academics and activists to reflect on broader issues of imperialism and anti-imperial resistance. We welcome papers on both the Tricontinental itself and related topics. Topics include, but are not limited to: The history and…

Barrie Sander on ‘International Criminal Justice as Progress: From Faith to Critique’

Barrie Sander, PhD candidate in International Law at The Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID), has contributed a book chapter titled ‘International Criminal Justice as Progress: From Faith to Critique’ in M. Bergsmo et. al. (eds), Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volume 4 (TOAEP 2015) 749-835. In the chapter Sander challenges the widely accepted notion of international criminal courts as mechanisms of progress. The chapter is available here.

Two-day CAICL event at Liverpool

The Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law (CAICL) research cluster is delighted to be hosting a two-day event with two fantastic speakers:   On 17 November, Peter Robinson, Legal Advisor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), will be speaking on ‘Defending the Demonised at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals’. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to hear an international defense lawyer speak at the South Campus Teaching Hub, Lecture Theatre 2, 4.30pm-5.30pm. There will be a reception after the talk.     On 18 November, Professor Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law…


CAICL at TWAIL conference in Cairo

There were several CAICL-related presentations at the Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law (TWAIL) conference in Cairo in February 2015. The American University in Cairo hosted a conference from 21-24 February on the theme Third World Approaches to International Law. On Praxis and the Intellectual Presenters whose work related to  critical approaches to international criminal law and TWAIL included Jerusa Ali, Tor Krever, Ioannis Kalpouzos, Heidi Matthews, Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, Thomas Skouteris, Asad Kiyani, Sujith Xavier and Christine Schwöbel-Patel.

Sarah Nouwen speaking at CAICL research cluster event in Liverpool

Sarah Nouwen will be giving this semester’s external speaker presentation with the CAICL research cluster at the University of Liverpool. Sarah will be speaking on her recently published book Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan. Sarah Nouwen is University Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge, and fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Pembroke College. The talk will take place on Thursday 23 April, Lecture Theatre 5, Rendall building, 4.30pm-6pm and will be followed by a reception.