Mag 162017



Mercoledì 17 maggio ore 17.30

Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e delle Istituzioni

Sala Riunioni (Via S. Ignazio 78, 1° Piano)




Juan Pablo Scarfi


Legal Hemispheric Imperium: The Imperial and Civilizing Mission of United States International Law in Latin America


International law has played a crucial role in the construction of imperial projects. Yet within the growing field of studies about the history of international law and empire, scholars have seldom considered this complicit relationship in the Americas. On the basis of a brief overview of his recent book, The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks (Oxford University Press, 2017), this talk will offer and exploration of the deployment of international law for the legitimization of US ascendancy as an informal empire in Latin America. It will explore the origins and evolution of a distinctive idea of American international law in the Americas, focusing principally on the trajectory of the American Institute of International Law (AIIL). This organization was created by US and Chilean jurists James Brown Scott and Alejandro Alvarez in Washington DC for the construction, development and codification of international law across the Americas. Then will examine the debates sparked by the AIIL over American international law, intervention and non-intervention, the nature and scope of the Monroe Doctrine and Pan-Americanism, as well as the international legal thought of Scott, Alvarez, and a number of jurists, diplomats, politicians, and intellectuals from the Americas.


Juan Pablo Scarfi has completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014. He is currently a Research Associate at the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), and an Assistant Professor of International Relations & International Law at the School of Politics and Government at the National University of San Martín, Argentina. He was a Visiting Scholar at University College London (Institute of the Americas), UK and Columbia University, US. He is the author of The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017), El imperio de la ley: James Brown Scott y la construcción de un orden jurídico interamericano (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014) and co-editor of Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations: Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Presenta: prof.ssa Barbara Onnis

Coordina: Dott.ssa Francesca Congiu

Locandina seminario Juan Pablo Scarfi

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