The paper investigates an alternative history of the principle of Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources (PSNR) in the twentieth century. By looking at attempts in the Americas in the interwar period, rather than the commonly studied period of the United Nations General Assembly in the 1950s and 1960s, we are able to reimagine the stakes of this international legal principle, and frame it against a broader story of the use of narratives around cosmopolitanism as a means to reinforce military and economic power structures. The paper will be distributed a week in advance to the seminar mailing list; if you would like to be added, please contact: email@example.com.
Dr Lucas Lixinski
Dr Lucas Lixinski is Associate Professor of Law, University of New South Wales. He researches and writes primarily in the areas of public international law, international cultural heritage law and international human rights law.
Dr Mats Ingulstad
Dr Mats Ingulstad is a Researcher in Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is currently leading a project on ‘European integration and the quest for access to external natural resources, 1945–2015’, and the international institutions section of another major project, ‘Fate of Nations. Natural resources and historical development, 1880-2015’.