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Mira Siegelberg (Queen Mary) ‘Writing the History of Statelessness: Legal Thought and the History of International Order’
February 14 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm| Free
This talk examines the entangled history of the birth and evolution of the legal category of statelessness with ideas of rights, statehood, international law, and the history of global order in the twentieth century. Over the course of the two world wars mass statelessness transformed from a central theoretical resource for those promoting a vision of politics and law outside the state to a touchstone for the legitimation of the sovereign territorial state against other options for the political organization of humanity. The history of the distinct regimes of thought characterizing approaches to statelessness provides unique insight into the broader historical transition from a world structured by imperial forms of political and legal organization, to one organized by formally sovereign states.