Doctoral lecture: Henry Jones speaks on the role of colonialism in the history of international law

On May 27, Henry Jones delivered a College of Arts Humanities and Law doctoral inaugural lecture.
Doctoral lecture: Henry Jones speaks on the role of colonialism in the history of international law

Dr Henry Jones

His lecture looked at three historical thinkers whose ideas continue to provide inspiration for and within international law: Hugo Grotius, John Locke and Immanuel Kant. In each case, he brought out the colonial and imperialist dimensions to their thought: for Grotius, the trade imperialism of the Dutch East India Company; in the case of Locke, the property imperialism of settlement in North America; and, in the case, of Kant, the moral imperialism of a racist ordering of humanity. He argued that there was continuity between then and now, with international law continuing to be structured around the superiority of some over others, and the rights of the few over the many.

Henry Jones obtained his PhD, entitled Unequal from the Start: A History of International Law in the Context of Colonialism from the School of Law at the University of Leicester in December 2013. He is now a Lecturer in Law at Durham University, where he convenes the research group Law and Global Justice.

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