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The fourth lecture of a new joint-lecture series between ACIL and the Research Centre on Risk & Law C3RD at the Université Catholique Lille. The Series will be inquiring into the emergence of a new scholarly field revolving around ‘International Law and Technology’ with its theoretical and methodological approaches, its assumptions and preoccupations and new modes of working across disciplines. Dr John Haskell, University of Manchester, will be presenting.
Event details of International Law as a Cyborg Science
3 April 2023
15:30 -17:00

About the lecture

International law academics have increasingly turned to engage computer-oriented technologies. There is little work in the literature that reflects on how this engagement itself takes place, what it tells us about the state of the discipline, and the consequences of concentrating on the phenomena of digital technologies. This lecture shares some possible conceptual taxonomies and theoretical concerns in disciplinary self-reflection about our digital futures.


John Haskell is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Manchester and junior faculty at the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy. He is broadly interested in better understanding the cultural, doctrinal and practical intersections of western-based expert governance related to international law. In recent years, he has increasingly focused on blockchain technologies as an important part of global social coordination and related questions of how to respect privacy and support sustainable stability. 

About the Series

Digital Technologies are changing the modes in which law and governance operate, opening up toward new perspectives on normativity. How to think the relationship between international law and technology and its implications for normativity? What are the topologies of normativity that these terms connote? What must legal reasoning become to better attend to techno-legal assemblages? These questions are leading to the emergence of a new scholarly field revolving around ‘international law and technology’ with new theoretical and methodological approaches, new assumptions and preoccupations and new modes of working across disciplines. In this lecture series we bring together leading scholars in international law, international relations and legal theory to present their work and discuss the implications of an ever increasing digitization of socio-economic life.