Matiangai Sirleaf reflects on the importance of rendering whiteness visible in scholarship, connecting this to the aggressions of whitesplaining and whitewashing – and how both function to stymie Black intellectualism in international law and beyond.
Lorenzo Cotula draws on the 1952 Abu Dhabi Arbitration to show how the legal infrastructure that maintains global extractive industries endures, expands and thrives even in the face of climate change.
Bharatt Goel reflects on the role of international law when it comes to colonial plunder and debates over the return of irreplaceable cultural heritage.
Sara Ali introduces the #TheorizingWhileBlack Symposium.
Kamari Maxine Clarke uses Michael Manley’s metaphor of going up the down escalator to show how some states and peoples are privileged over others in the international sphere.
Robert Knox grapples with the question of #TheorizingWhileBlack through a Marxist lens to engage with the concepts of power, erasure and knowledge production. Knox critiques the dichotomy of either using law or abandoning it altogether.
Babatunde Fagbayibo asks whether contemporary international law has the capacity to ‘advance ideas and strategies for Africa’s human and material development’ in the face of the erasure of black thought, and posits a useful framework for future international legal scholarship.
Valarie Waboose reflects on the Indian Residential School legacy with the intent to educate those who know little or nothing about the treatment Indigenous children received in Indian Residential Schools. By educating more people, this dark chapter in Canadian history will produce more awareness and understanding of the quandary of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
In January 2020, E. Tendayi Achiume & Aslı Ü. Bâli convened the UCLA Law Review symposium, ‘Transnational Legal Discourse on Race and Empire’. In this reflection, they situate the symposium within its broader intellectual context: renewed momentum among Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholars to engage Critical Race Theory (CRT) scholars in collaboration, aimed at deeper understanding of issues of shared concern.
Noura Erakat & John Reynolds
نورا عريقات وجون رينولدز