Third World Approaches to International Law Conference (TWAIL)

Focusing on Capitalism and the Common Good

October 20-22, 2011
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon

"It is therefore imperative that TWAIL urgently finds ways and means to globalize the sources of critical knowledge and address the material and ethical concerns of third world peoples."   —B.S. Chimni

TWAIL is a scholarly and political movement comprised by a diversity of perspectives and viewpoints. Along with other critical traditions, it challenges the prevailing trend in international law that has legitimated global processes of marginalization and domination. TWAIL looks to the everyday lives and struggles of third world peoples as the historical context from which one might imagine an emancipatory international law.

A Short TWAIL Primer
Working Papers
 

Keynote Speaker:
B.S. Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Speakers Include:

  • Penny Andrews, CUNY School of Law
  • Antony Anghie, University of Utah
  • Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College
  • Aaron Dhir, York University
  • Erika George, University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law
  • Tayyab Mahmud, Seattle University
  • Karin Mickelson, University of British Columbia
  • Vasuki Nesiah, NYU Gallatin School of Independent Study
  • Ibironke Odumosu, University of Saskatchewan
  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia

About the conference
The purpose of the conference was to interrogate as systematically as possible the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry “Capitalism and the Common Good.” Building upon past TWAIL events, the conference provided the space for scholars to continue to strategize and collaborate, thereby pushing TWAIL towards praxis.