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ARTIJ Symposium: ‘Art and International Courts’

Date: 01/07/2019

Author(s): Marina Aksenova

Format: Working papers

Area(s): Global, Comparative and European Law, Law, Politics and Economics

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This symposium dovetails and contains essays by the speakers of the first ARTIJ workshop on ‘Art and International Courts’ co-organized with iCourts at the University of Copenhagen on 25-26 April 2019. The workshop aimed to open up a discussion on what we deem is an overlooked aspect of the practice of international law, namely the relationship between art and international courts, as the loci where and through which international law is most obviously performed. What is the role that art plays in the discourse and practice of international law? How do aesthetics – whether understood as the study of visual, sensorial or rhetorical expressions – shape perceptions of law and courts? To what extent do they matter, across time and space, in the law’s actualization? How have different forms of art been used by courts, and for what purpose? How do international law and international courts deal with cultural heritage and protection of art? Bringing together a number of scholars working across law, International Relations, sociology, history and philosophy as well as artists this two-day workshop thus aimed to initiate a new and interdisciplinary conversation directly tackling these questions.


Citation: Published by: Art and International Justice Initiative (ARTIJ)
Editors: Marina Aksenova y Maja Spanu