Nov 2 | Racing the International: “Racing International Law”

Nov 2, 2016
4.30pm - 6pm
CSRPC, 5733 S University Ave

free and open to the public

Critical histories of international law and international relations have recently explored the centrality of race as a category of classification and exclusion as these field developed in the late nineteenth century. This panel explores how race is conceived by and through international law.

A panel discussion featuring: James Gathii (Loyola University-Chicago), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia), and Teemu Ruskola (Emory University)


James T. Gathii is a professor of law and Loyola University Chicago’s Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law.  He was appointed to this prestigious chair in 2012 following a lengthy international search. Prior to joining Loyola, he was the associate dean for research and scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School. His distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and practice in the field of international human rights and trade have made a lasting impact on law and policy in Africa and around the world.  At Loyola, he teaches international trade law, facilitates international law student and faculty exchanges, as well as plans and develops international programs and conferences.     

Renisa Mawani is Associate Professor of Sociology and the co-chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. Her forthcoming book, Across Oceans of Law, to be published by Duke University Press, is a global and maritime legal history of the Komagata Maru. Dr. Mawani works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published widely on law, colonialism, race, and legal geography. She is the author of Colonial Proximities (2009), the co-editor of The Travels of Law: Indian Ocean Itineraries published in Law and History Review (with Iza Hussin). In 2015, she received the Killam Prize for Graduate Instruction, a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award, and was a Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute, UBC. 

Teemu Ruskola is Professor of Law at Emory University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in East Asian Studies, History, and Women’s Studies.  Prior to joining Emory, he taught at American University in Washington, D.C.  He is the author of Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law (Harvard University Press, 2013); co-editor of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law (Foundation Press, 2009); and co-editor (with David L. Eng and Shuang Shen) of a special double issue of the journal Social Text on “China and the Human.”  His other scholarship - appearing in American Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and Yale Law Journal, among others - has explored the intersection of corporate and family law in China, the history and politics of Euro-American conceptions of sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific, and China’s historic status as an international legal subject.  Ruskola is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which analyzes the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law.

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This venue is physically accessible and has a gender-neutral restroom. Please contact the CSRPC at 773.702.8063 with any questions or accommodation requests.

This series is organized by Professor Adom Getachew (Political Science) in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, with support from the Social Sciences Division, the Harris School for Public Policy, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Theory & Models Group, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) at the University of Chicago.