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Dimitri van der Meerssche (TMC Asser Institute) will present ongoing research in which he is exploring how (international) legal concepts and norms were employed during the inter-institutional struggle between the United Nations and the World Bank in the decolonisation era.

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Date 28 January 2019
Time 12:00 - 13:00

Summary

In ongoing research Dimitri van der Meerssche (TMC Asser Insitute) is currently mapping how (international) legal concepts and norms were employed during the inter-institutional struggle between the United Nations and the World Bank in the decolonisation era. The first contribution is historiographical. Drawing on material from the Bank’s (oral) archives, the article gives an original account of the ways in which the organisation bypassed the universalist aspirations that were gaining a foothold in the UN’s democratic bodies at the time. Secondly, the paper retraces how the event gave rise to a clash between opposing imaginaries of international legal order, where axiological aspirations voiced by states from the Global South were frustrated by the functionalist understanding of international (institutional) law, which justified the Bank’s institutional insulation. Finally, the paper aims to provide a modest methodological contribution to the field of international institutional law; a doctrinal discipline that has traditionally paid little attention to the historical and sociological performativity of concrete legal interventions.

 

The Speaker

Dimitri van den Meerssche is Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. His research reflects on the law of international organizations, international legal practices and technologies of global governance. This work is inspired by insights from science and technology studies, performativity theory and actor-network theory. Dimitri is currently finalizing his doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute, which he expects to defend in the coming months. He has published his work in i.a. the Leiden Journal of International Law, International Organizations Law Review, London Review of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory and Law and Development Review. Dimitri holds LL.M. degrees from the European University Institute and New York University School of Law, where he was a Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellow. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from Ghent University.

 

Practicalities

This luncheon will take place on Monday, 28 January 2019 at the Amsterdam School of Law, building REC A, room A3.01