Towards a Counter-Aesthetic of International Law?

The second workshop on the theme of aesthetics and counter-aesthetics of law, was held at the University of Liverpool on 27 and 28 April 2017. This workshop built on the 2016 workshop by both narrowing the scope of inquiry, by focusing on questions of victimhood, representation and suffering, and broadening it, by looking more broadly at aesthetics and their political implications both inside and outside of law.

At this workshop, participants began discussions around the question of what might constitute a counter-aesthetic of international law, that can stand in opposition to the dominant aesthetic tropes identified at the 2016 workshop.

Alex Batesmith (Liverpool), presenting research on the aesthetics of transitional justice in Cambodia, April 2017


  • Christine Schwöbel-Patel, University of Liverpool (organizer)
  • Rob Knox, University of Liverpool (organizer)
  • Alex Batesmith, University of Liverpool
  • Jo Frank, Poet and Publisher
  • Tor Krever, LSE/Warwick
  • Padraig McAuliffe, University of Liverpool
  • Gerry Simpson, LSE
  • Sofia Stolk, VU Amsterdam
  • Ben Stolk, Artist
  • Immi Tallgren, University of Helsinki
  • Anastasia Tataryn, University of Liverpool
  • Terry Duffy, Artist
  • Anne Neylon, University of Liverpool
  • Randle DeFalco, University of Toronto
  • Vinh Nguyen, University of Waterloo
  • Jerusha Owino, Liverpool
  • Sophie Rigney, Dundee
  • Kate Evans, Artist and Writer