SOAS University of London

Critical Approaches to the International Law of the Sea - Workshop and Symposium

28 November 2018

Dr Gina Heathcote has been awarded funding from the Society of Legal Scholars (Small Projects and Events Fund) to host a workshop on Gender and the Law of the Sea and a Symposium presenting research on Critical Approaches to the International Law of the Sea.  

The project revolves around the organisation of a workshop and a larger symposium to further legal writing and research on the law of the sea via the drawing in critical legal research on gender, race, colonialism and heteronormativity alongside cutting edge engagements with environmental subjectivity to challenge the perception of the international law of the sea as a field of largely ‘technical’ and ‘black letter law’ developments. The workshop and symposium will specifically seek to attract scholars using interdisciplinary methods (from archival / international legal history projects, gender studies, critical race studies, institutionalism, the study of sexuality, human rights fields, environmental studies, security studies and beyond) to develop the field as one that is not only a technical / black letter law arena (as it is often perceived) but an important area of law that would benefit from the insight of critical legal scholarship to address underlying assumptions and knowledge entrenched within the field of study. 

The workshop - on Gender and the Law of the Sea - to be hosted in June 2019 will coincide with UN World Oceans Day, for which the theme in 2019 will be 'Gender and Oceans'. The workshop will be followed by a book launch of Irini Papanicopolulu's edited collection Gender and the Law of the Sea (Brill 2019). The Symposium and Workshop will be co-hosted with the SOAS Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law. A Call for Papers will be released in January 2019, inquires can be made directly to