Race-ing Global Inequality, 9 December 2020

Race-ing Global Inequality is the second seminar of International Law Outside the Box, the 2020/2021 CELI Peace Talks, Annual Series of Leicester Law School's Centre for European Law and Internationalisation.
Race-ing Global Inequality, 9 December 2020

Race-ing Global Inequality

Two distinguished scholars, Prof. E. Tendayi Achiume, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and Dr. Robert Knox, Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool Law School will discuss the forms of racial inequality in the global international order, including in foundations and operations of contemporary international law.

Professor Achiume’s will discuss inter alia, her recent report on racial and xenophobic discrimination, emerging digital technologies, and immigration enforcement – mapping the relationship between racism, AI and international law.

Dr Knox will examine the image of international law in relation to anti-racism, and will discuss how international law produces race and racialisation in ways which perpetuate global racial inequality.

The panel will also discuss the inherent whiteness of international law, and discuss helpful and unhelpful critiques of decolonisation initiatives in institutions and the difficulties involved in addressing white supremacy in the international legal academy.

About the 2020-2021 CELI Peace Talks “International Law Outside the Box”

What is the role of public international law and public international lawyers in contemporary society and across the globe? Is international law “fit for purpose” to address the contemporary challenges to its capacities, authority, ambit, relevance and vision in the 21st century? To many of the worlds’ inhabitants, human and non-human, it seems as if “the “world is on fire” – whether the cause of this impression be inter alia the pandemic, climate change, war, persecution, poverty, fascism, displacement or occupation. In light of the ubiquity of oppression and suffering on the planet, do traditional positivist or black-letter approaches to international law need to be revisited, rethought or refashioned, and if so, to what extent, and to what end(s)?

The Annual Speakers Series hosted by Centre of European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) at Leicester Law School (UK) throughout 2020-2021 explores answers to these pressing questions by thinking about international law “Outside the Box”. The “Outside The Box” theme invites to think about international law in innovative ways and to reimagine international law in light of contemporary challenges, including re-examining the actors, practices, sources, institutions, purposes, effectiveness and enforcement of international law.

The series will host six panels:

  1. Reading and Reimaging Inequality: Literature and Literary Approaches to International Law-Making and Worldmaking.
  2. Racing Global Inequality: Racism, Decolonisation, and the Inherent Whiteness of Mainstream International Law.
  3. Feeding Global Inequality: Food, The Right to Sustenance & the Distribution of Global Resources.
  4. Violence and Inequality: Assassination, Necropolitics, and the Role of Violence in the Development and Maintenance of International Law.
  5. Power and Inequality: International Relations and its interplay with International Law
  6. Personhood and Inequality: “Inclusion”, Disability and Diversity


Open to: All

Date and time: Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 18:00-19:30 (GMT)

Venue: Online on Microsoft Teams

To Book: The event is free of charge. Log in at https://bit.ly/39i4VI5 at the time of the event.

ContactFor further information please email the convenors, Dr Vidya Kumar and Dr Paolo Vargiu.


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