May 30
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Reparations and International Law: Meanings, Contestations, Disruptive Futures

Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Amsterdam Center for International Law


Reparations and International Law:
Meanings, Contestations, Disruptive Futures


Convened by Eliana Cusato (UvA) and Valeria Vázquez Guevara (HKU)


Room 901, 9/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong


This event is generously funded by the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong,
and supported by its Centre for Comparative and Public Law


Day One

30 May 2024


9:30 Welcome coffee


10:00 Welcome remarks by the organizers


Panel 1: International law, reparations, and the continuity of the past in the present
Chair: Shane Chalmers (The University of Hong Kong)


Grietje Baars (City University London) ‘Cruising international law’s cruel optimism: the ‘dark past’, the fake apology, reparations and the abolitionist movement’


Christopher Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal) ‘Reparations, whiteness and worldmaking’


Mamadou Hébié (Leiden University), ‘The role of (international) law in seeking reparations for historical injustices’


12:00 Lunch break


Panel 2: Reparations and ecological injustices
Chair: Eliana Cusato (University of Amsterdam)


Julia Dehm (La Trobe University), ‘Reparations and the making of ecological worlds’


Tim Lindgren (University of Amsterdam), ‘Repairing place in international law: climate change, reparations, territory’


Marie Catherine Petersmann (London School of Economics) ‘Re-pairing against reparations’


15:00 Coffee break


Panel 3: The battle for reparations before and beyond courts
Chair: Massimo Lando (The University of Hong Kong)


Souheir Edelbi (Western Sydney University), ‘The Palestine Project as Institutional Work: Universities, International Courts and Accountability’.


Lucas Lixinski (UNSW) ‘Reparations, historical continuities, and the impossibility of an otherwise identity’


Christoph Sperfeldt (Macquarie University) ‘Can international development assistance be reparation? Observations from reparations schemes in international criminal justice’


Day Two

31 May 2024


10:00 Welcome Coffee


Panel 4: Reparations and global capitalism
Chair: Julia Dehm (La Trobe University)


Alexis Galán (Bonn University) and Nicolás Perrone (Valparaíso University), ‘Making the ‘uncommon’ common: national resources, international investment law, and reparations as a future-looking project’


Jedidiah Kroncke (The University of Hong Kong) ‘Reparations as developmental discipline redux’


Parvathi Menon (SOAS), ‘The materiality and immateriality of reparations in international law’


12:00 Lunch break


Panel 5: Reparations and the possibility of ‘Otherwise’
Chair: Valeria Vázquez Guevara (The University of Hong Kong)


Emily Jones (Newcastle University) ‘Reparations as world making: a critical disability analysis’


Vasuki Nesiah (New York University), ‘Reparations as a practice of interruption’


Sarah Riley Case (McGill Faculty of Law, On Strike), ‘The state, metamorphoses, and the possibility of reparations’


15:30 Coffee break


16:00-16:30: Next steps and publication options


16:30: Closing


17:00 Drinks (self-funded)


While this is an invitation-only workshop, if it is of special academic interest, please email: Dr Valeria Vázquez Guevara at .

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