Webinar: AJIL Speaks: Race and International Law


International law has historically perpetuated racist practices by providing the legal architecture for slavery and the slave trade; colonialism; the theft of art or other objects; the relegation of many people of color to the economic, cultural, and social periphery; and in other ways. Many of these structures have formally been abolished and much progress has been made. But the legacy of racism in international law continues. This legacy might, for example, be seen in the marginalization of Africa in the international legal system, the relative lack of attention to race in international human rights and economic law discourses, and in the frames for addressing climate change. In this webinar, panelists will discuss race and international law in a historical and contemporary perspective, while looking forward to consider the changes that might be made. They will focus, among other topics, the representation of historically disenfranchised groups in international law and the prospects for reparations for past and ongoing harms.

  • Antony Anghie, The University of Utah College of Law
  • Asl? Ü. Bâli, Yale Law School
  • Olúf?mi O. Táíwò, Georgetown University, African Studies Program
  • Monica Hakimi (moderator), AJIL Co-Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Law School

Date and Location

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm