Socio-cultural history of International Law (1815-1871): networks of émigrés and international Lawyers and juridification of international relations

Cahen, R. (Participant)

Activity: OtherWritten proposal


International law is said to be a distinct profession with institutions
and journals first in the 1870's. Nevertheless, from the Vienna
Congress (1815) to the Franco-Prussian Wars (1870-1871), lawyers
have initiated professional practices that related to the development
of International Law. They were involved in foreign offices, scientific
academies, and universities, they wrote textbooks and articles and
formed networks.
This project aims to investigate the interaction between foreign
offices and international lawyers as well as the link between political
migration of lawyers and their implication in the making of
international law. This research will therefore shed light on the
discourses and processes leading to the institutionalisation of
International Law.
For the first time, it will also analyse closely the interactions between
foreign offices and International Law as well as the juridification of
international affairs in the 19th century. To do so, this project will
benefit from the use of unpublished primary sources coming for the
foreign offices of France, Prussia (Germany), Austria, Belgium,
Great-Britain and Russia.
Period2 Dec 2019
Held atFWO Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational