UCL Faculty of Laws


Decolonising Revolution in International Law

09 May 2022, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

decolonising law

Dr. Vidya Kumar, University of Leicester

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Decolonising Revolution in International Law

Speaker: Dr. Vidya Kumar, University of Leicester

Convenor: Dr Ralph Wilde, UCL

About this talk

What can Hannah Arendt's famous treatise "On Revolution" tell us about revolution in international law and about the formation and practices of international legal knowledge? This talk will examine international legal epistemology and the history of the periphery, with a focus on Third World revolutions and revolutionaries. Its goal is to found and curate a museum of unwanted, illegible, and inconvenient revolutionary artefacts so as to begin a decolonisation of revolution in international law.

About the speaker

Dr Kumar joined Leicester in June 2016. Prior to that she was, a Lecturer in Law at Birmingham University, a Visiting Research Fellow at LSE’s Centre for International Studies, and was a postdoctoral Fellow at The Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is currently a Junior Faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School (USA). She has recently been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia and a Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

DPhil in Law (Oxon); LLM (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto Ontario Canada); LLB (Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario Canada), MA and BA (Hons) in Political Theory, Barrister and Solicitor, Upper Canada

Her latest publications are:
"On Scripts and Sensibility: Cold War International Law and Revolutionary Caribbean Subjects” (2020) 21 German Law Journal 1541 (open access): https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/german-law-journal/article/on-scripts-and-sensibility-cold-war-international-law-and-revolutionary-caribbean-subjects/5DFC30CEAF26B71B2B2CA5D4857AE0DD
"Revolutionaries" in (eds.) Jean D'Aspremont and Sahib Singh, Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019) 773: https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781783474677/9781783474677.00056.xml

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