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Conference: Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap?

International Legal Scholarship Going Online


The internet with its unprecedented communicative potential offers a unique chance to make international legal scholarship more inclusive, participatory – and simply more international. The COVID-19 pandemic further increased the use of digital technologies for global scientific exchange and collaborations, showcasing the wealth of available possibilities – and their promise for advancing international legal scholarship. Is the digitalization of scholarly communication thus a chance to finally overcome the multiple existing barriers? Or have they just moved to a different place?

We are happy to discuss these and further questions at the first Völkerrechtsblog conference, taking place in hybrid format on September 8th and 9th at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Online participation is possible. If you are interested in participating in the conference, please contact us at We will send you the links to the panels on the evening of 7 September.

Please find the program below or download it here.


Time (CET)


Thursday, 8 September 2022






10.30-11.00 Introduction (Raffaela Kunz)




Panel I: Digitalization and Participation in International Legal Scholarship

Lys Kulamadayil (Geneva Graduate Institute): Ableism in the College of International Lawyers

Lutiana Valadares Fernandes Barbosa (Federal University of Minas Gerais): Pandemic, Maternity, and International Law’s Global South Scholarship

Chair: Anna Sophia Tiedeke


12.00-13.30 Lunch




Panel II: Publishing Infrastructure and the Internationalization of International Law

Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín (Geneva Graduate Institute): Arminius Rex: On the Postcolonial Uses of Imperial Languages in, and beyond, International Law

Stewart Manley (University of Malaya): On the Publication of International Law Scholarship from the Global South

Raffaela Kunz (MPIL/Collegium Helveticum) & Monika Plozza (University of Lucerne): Does the Right to Science require Open Access in the Digital Era?

Chair: Sué González Hauck


15.00-15.30 Break




Key Note by Anne Peters


19.00 Evening Dinner

Café-Restaurant Merlin, Bergheimer Str. 85, 69115 Heidelberg

Dinner speech



Friday, 9 September 2022




Panel III: Open Educational Resources, Digitalization and Education in International Law

Tamsin Paige (Deakin Law School): A Reflection on Accessibility in Education

Valentina Chiofalo (Freie Universität Berlin) & Max Milas (University of Münster): OpenRewi in a Closed Academy: Opening the Teaching of Law

Paul Stewens (Geneva Graduate Institute): Beyond the Classroom: On the Value of International Law Blogs for Students

Chair: Justine Batura




Coffee Break




Panel IV: The role of blogs

Olabisi Akinkugbe (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) & Vellah Kedogo Kigwiru (Technical University of Munich’s School of Social Sciences and Technology/Guest Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition): The Role of Blogs in Decentering Africa’s Role in the International Legal Discourse: The Case of AfronomicsLaw Blog

Shubhangi Agarwalla (International Law and Global South Blog/Sidley Austin): Petitioning the Indian Government for Increased Legal Capacity in International Law: Blogging as an Everyday Practice of Relationship Making

Sué González Hauck (DeZIM Institut) & Erik Tuchtfeld (MPIL): Völkerrechtsblog

Chair: Sissy Katsoni




Final discussion and closing remarks (Erik Tuchtfeld)


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