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Symposium hosted by the American Journal of International Law Unbound

Date: 01/04/2020

Author(s): Marina Aksenova

Format: Working papers

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

We hold this symposium together with my co-editor Karima Bennoune, who is UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, with the aim to start a discussion on the connection between art and international justice. The latter discipline embodies the rules of conduct that have universal or quasi-universal application, reflecting shared consensus about certain areas of human activity that are of global or transnational concern. Ironically, if viewed from a static point of view, international law, while aiming at universality, is prone to fragmentation. Academic debates addressing this dichotomy are plentiful, yet they tend to focus on material outcomes of the process of the administration of justice—judgments and legal texts—often leaving untouched the actual direct experience of law’s active participants and outside observers. There is thus scope to develop new methodologies that engage with the discipline of international justice from a different, more experiential, standpoint. This is where art and creative expression can prove to be useful tools for studying international justice.

Citation: Published by: AJIL Unbound
Editors: Marina Aksenova and Karima Bennoune (UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights)