Digital Lecture: Dr. Henry Jones, International law and the production of space
The next speaker in our digital lecture series is Henry Jones, Associate Professor at Durham Law School, University of Durham. The title of his lecture is "International law and the production of space: reconsidering the North Sea Continental Shelf cases". The lecture is as usual open, tune in on zoom, 25. february 11.30 CET. https://uit.zoom.us/j/68134139494?pwd=K3pVdW9jYUIvREh0Q3grdHZXMXFrZz09
Jones research primarily concerns the history and spatiality of international law, but he has also published on English property law, and legal history pedagogy. Notable recent publications include 'Property, Territory, and Colonialism: An International Legal History of Enclosure' Legal Studies (2019) and 'Lines in the Ocean: Thinking with the Sea about Territory and International Law' London Review of International Law (2016).
The lecture takes the North Sea Continental Shelf cases as an historical case study for how international law produces space in particular ways. Understanding the role of law in the production of space is vital for our understanding of the making and remaking of social and political space through law. At the same time, these spatial practices have become reified and institutionalised through international law, and again an understanding of how they came to be is needed before an challenge can be made to the authority of law over space. The North Sea Continental Shelf cases seem familiar to us, but historical enquiry reveals the strangeness both of these cases, and of the continental shelf regime.