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Publishing Infrastructure and the Internationalization of International Law

Völkerrechtsblog Conference "Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? International Legal Scholarship Going Online"


International law is, by definition, a global discipline. Yet in practice, scholarly discourse often remains hampered by the borders of national publishing cultures and fora. The voices that are most audible internationally often come from the same (Western) elite institutions. The internet with its unprecedented communicative potential offers a unique chance to make international legal scholarship more inclusive, participatory – and simply more international. Nonetheless, old dynamics of center and periphery have not been overcome. The COVID-19 pandemic further increased the use of digital technologies for global scientific exchange and collaborations, highlighting their potential and revitalizing debates about open access (OA) and inequalities in knowledge production and dissemination.  For those engaged in Open Access debates, the steps taken by publishers and academic institutions during the pandemic showcased the wealth of available possibilities – and their promise for advancing international legal scholarship.

On 8 and 9 September 2022, Völkerrechtsblog held its first ever conference “Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? International Legal Scholarship Going Online”. It took place in hybrid format at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg).

This panel discusses the publishing infrastructure and the internationalization of international law and consists of the following presentations:

  • 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



Please find the panel on open educational resources, digitalization and education in International Law here and the panel on the role of blogs here.

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