Enacting TWAIL Praxis in Non-Academic Habitats: Toward a Conceptual Framework

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American Journal of International Law online blog


The roles that Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholars could play in political and/or socio-economic struggles beyond the academy, and the relationships of these scholars to politicians, diplomats, activists, civil servants, peasant movements, civil society, and other nonacademic actors are issues as important to TWAIL as they are understudied and underenacted. The three essays in this TWAIL Symposium take up this theme of praxis.

This essay contributes to discussions of the ways and means of enhancing the TWAIL scholars’ effectiveness in nonacademic settings, especially in “pro-Third World subaltern” struggles within, or in concert with, international institutions (such as the United Nations) and on-the-ground activist groups (such as social movements and NGOs). It offers an initial outline for TWAILian praxis in such settings.