Populism and International Law: Global South Perspectives

The Brazilian Journal of International Law invites submissions for a special issue on Populism and International Law: Perspectives from the Global South to be published in September 2020. The issue will be edited by Professors Fabio Morosini (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Lucas Lixinski (UNSW Sydney, Australia).
The rise of populist governments around the world has been getting a lot of attention from international legal scholars. As a result, the field of international law witnesses a range of academic publications analyzing recent populist movements and their impact on international law as we know it. These analyses have focused on different areas of international law and their institutions, such as trade, environment, human rights and migration. Across these different contexts, international law is often approached in a binary/antagonistic fashion, either as a tool to ban populist-driven policies or as an instrument to allow such policies to thrive. This scholarship therefore, while valuable, tends to miss more nuanced accounts of co-production of domestic regime (il)legitimacy and international ordering as part of a continuum that does not fit “either/or” accounts. 
Further, few analyses to date have focused on the relation between populist governments and international law in the Global South, rather focusing on historical regimes in the North, or, more recently, the rise of regimes in the United States and Eastern Europe. It is however visible that in the Global South characteristics traditionally associated with populist policies – such as the “us versus them” approach, security, nationalism – are animated by different dynamics than those at play in the North. This call for papers, hence, especially welcomes submissions focused on the Global South, asking contributors whether it is possible to think differently about the relationships between populism and international law from and to the Global South. In other words, does the unique position
of Global South countries experiencing populist governments offer different insights that could enlarge the universe of analysis related to authoritarian or illiberal governments and international law? Also, can the experiences of the Global South identify alternative roles to international law beyond the binarism already identified by academics in the North?

The call is open to a variety of topics addressing the relationship between international law and authoritarian states, such as:
• The international legal definition of authoritarianisms;
• Democracy as an international legal rule or principle;
• International law actors, norms and processes in the Global South, including the role of academia in enabling or perpetuating relationships between international law and authoritarianism;
• Civil society activism to counter authoritarian states;
• Human rights and migration law and policies;
• Gender;
• Race;
• Indigenous peoples;
• Environment and health;
• Trade, investment, and finance;
• International criminal cooperation;
• The role of regional organizations (from within or beyond the Global South) vis-à-vis authoritarian regimes;
• The uses of comparative and international law in domestic adjudication tackling issues of regime authoritarianism. Empirically-informed case studies and more theoretical contributions are equally encouraged.

Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Submitting articles in English is strongly recommended. Manuscript reviews will be in the language of submission. Non-native speakers are strongly encouraged to have their paper proofread and edited by a native speaker. The Journal will reject articles if the level of chosen language is insufficient.
The Journal has a double-blind peer-review policy. Reviews will normally be provided within 30 days from the submission. Authors are expected to correct and return proofs of accepted articles within 15 days.
We encourage submissions by Early Career Academics with relevant academic and / or professional experience in the field of the special issue. The editors reserve the right to scrutinize and provide feedback on manuscripts before review with regard to their suitability for the journal, including concerning analytical consistency, compliance with the applicable submission guidelines, and linguistic and stylistic matters.
The deadline for submission is 15th April 2020.

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