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Rosa Luxemburg and International Law

A collective exploration of what Luxemburg’s work has to offer at this juncture
of neoliberal capitalism, climate disaster, and pandemic

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Luxemburg: a revolutionary theorist and political activist, whose work has provided important political economy critiques of imperialism, capitalism, nationalism and advocated for the collective commitment to social justice. While recent books have celebrated her life and intellectual and political legacy, engagement with her work in international law, although with some notable exceptions, has been largely marginal. Despite her sharp and insightful analysis of the nexus between colonialism and capitalist accumulation and her commitment to anti-militarism and internationalism, Luxemburg’s work remains less visible and prominent than male social thinkers.

We believe that placing Rosa Luxemburg’s work into conversation with international law - historically and with an eye to the future - can add significantly to our understanding of international legal debates in relation to imperialism, capitalism, ableism, and questions of race, class and gender critique. We aim to collectively explore what an engagement with Luxemburg’s work may offer at this juncture of neoliberal capitalism, climate disaster, and pandemic.

Co-organised by Serena NatileLink opens in a new window and Christine Schwöbel-PatelLink opens in a new window.

Project co-sponsored by the CCLS,Link opens in a new window SLSLink opens in a new window and Rosa Luxemburg StiftungLink opens in a new window.

About the project

In this project, we aim to collectively explore what an engagement with Luxemburg’s work may offer at this juncture of neoliberal capitalism, climate disaster, and pandemic. Read more.Link opens in a new window

Workshops

Rosa Luxemburg and International Law: online workshop followed by public lecture by Dana Mills Thu, 15 September 2022 09:30 – 18:00 BST - Online event. Register now to secure your place.

Blogs


A selection of blogs that will be updated regularly pertaining to the research.