“International law without territory? – Governing spaces, resources and people beyond the confines of state territory”
In the 2019 course, the MACIL classes are going to question the importance of “territory” in the current framework of the international legal order. Seminars will look into the regulation of “spaces” (e.g. governance of the high seas), the regulation of “resources” and their use (e.g. the regulation of foreign investments), and the governance of “people” (e.g. in the context of refugee movements). The ongoing significance of the concept of territory will be discussed not only from a theoretical perspective, but also with a view to its practical implications in different areas of international law. Classes will also explore areas in which the territorial focus of international law is increasingly replaced by alternative (e.g. “transnational”) modes of governance.