July 5 @ 11:30 - 13:00 Wroclaw (CEST)
(De-)Constructing Territory in Public International Law
Current public (international) law scholarship largely assumes that regulatory authority is becoming increasingly detached from territory. This understanding of deterritorialization, however, presumes a particular concept of territory: one that is often conflated with statehood and geography. While recent scholarship has begun to problematize the malleability of territory in public law, the assumptions underlying territory as a key notion in public (international) law remain mostly unexplored. Against this backdrop, this panel attempts to unsettle the concept of territory in public international law. First, it seeks to unearth normative and epistemic assumptions underlying this concept by focusing on ideas of statism, sedentariness, and property in past and current legal discourses. A second set of contributions examine contemporary international and transnational legal practices in order to shed light on the dynamic nature of the concept of territory in contemporary international law.