Activities

29-31 January 2018

Morten Rasmussen and Thomas Storgaard visited the League of Nations Archive in Geneva from 29-31 January 2018 to make the first exploration of its collection for the project. This was a most valuable trip which showed just how rich the archive is for matters related to the League of Nations and international law.

8-9 February 2018

The project held its first major seminar. All practicalities as well as the general approach of the project was developed. Invited guest speaker Karen Gram-Skjoldager shared her experience from working with the sister project at Aarhus University – The invention of international bureaucracy.

17 April 2018

Morten Rasmussen gave a lecture entitled: EU Constitutionalism Revisited: Redressing a Central Assumption in European Studies at the University of Luxembourg in the series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Court of Justice of the European Union.

23-27 April

Karin van Leeuwen visited the Joost Adrian Van Hamel papers at the Dutch National Archive. Van Hamel served as director of the Legal Secretariat at the League of Nations from 1919 to 1926 and then High Commissioner for Danzig from 1926-1929.Karin van Leeuwen visited the archive of the Hague Academy of International Law at the Peace Palace Library in the Hague

15 May 2018 

Jean Michel Guieu debated with german historian Wolfram Pyta (University of Stuttgart) at German Historical Institute in Paris on the topic: “The consequences of the Treaty of Versailles for France and Germany”.

17 May 2018

Karin van Leeuwen, Thomas Storgaard and Morten Rasmussen participated in the international conference at Tilburg University: The Parisian peace treaties (1919-1920) and the emergence of modern international law. Journal of the History of International Law – Tilburg University.

22 May 2018

Project seminar in Copenhagen with two external guests Andrei Mamolea (Doctoral Student, Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Jan Lemnitzer (Assistant professor, SDU).

22-25 May 2018

Rasmus Søndergaard visited the Manley Hudson papers, Harvard Law School Library. Manley Hudson was a leading American legal scholar and practitioner who was both employed at the League of Nations, played a preeminent role in promoting American association with the League and finally served as judge on the Permanent Court of International Justice from 1936-1946.

29 May 2018

Jean Michel Guieu debated with German historian Susanne Brandt, at DomForum in Köln (Germany) on the topic : “France and Germany in the aftermath of the Great War: the challenge of making peace”.

30 May 2018

Jean Michel Guieu debated with German historian Gerd Krumeich, at the Bonn University (Germany) on the topic : “France and Germany in the aftermath of the Great War: the challenge of making peace”.

27-30 August 2018

Morten Rasmussen visited the Archives of the League of Nations in Geneva.

7 August 2018

Karin van Leeuwen visited the Herman van Ittersum papers at Zwolle. Van Ittersum worked at the Legal Secretariat of the League of Nations between 1921 and 1935.

 8 August 2018

Karin van Leeuwen visited the archive of the Hague Academy of International Law at the Peace Palace Library in the Hague

13-15 August 2018

Karin van Leeuwen visited the archive of the International Law Association kept at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

28-30 August 2018

Karin van Leeuwen visited Geneva, looking for traces transnational lawyer’s associations in the archives of League of Nations AND exploring the archives of the Institut de Droit International and the Institute Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales, both at the Graduate Institute in Geneva

6-7 September 2018

Daniel Maul participated in the workshop on “Inventing International Bureaucracy” at Aarhus University organized by Karen Gram-Skjoldager, Haakon Ikonomou and Torsten Kahlert with a presentation on the ILO and the League of Nations

26 – 28 September 2018

Thomas Storgaard visited the the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster in order to conduct archival research of Walther Schücking’s nachlass archive. Walther Schücking (1875 – 1935) was one of the leading German international lawyers of the 20th century, the first German judge at the Permanent Court of International Justice in The Hague and a prominent figure in the Pacifist Traditions of International Law.

7-9 November 2018

Thomas Storgaard continued his archival research of Walther Schücking’s nachlass archive at the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster.

14-23 November 2018

Daniel Maul visited the Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome, Italy to search among others the Corrado Gini papers. The interest in Gini, a demographer (and inventor of the Gini-Index) stems from my project on the International Labour Organization’s Committee on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, the ILO’s main hubs for contact with international lawyers, of which Gini was the Italian member from 1925-1937.  

12-16 November 2018

Karin van Leeuwen visited the archive of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) kept at Columbia University’s Butler Library in New York, where I especially focused on the records regarding the (close) engagement of the CEIP with the Hague Academy for International Law

28-29 November 2018

Karin van Leeuwen participated in a workshop organised by Aarhus University on the issue of small states in history. In a presentation on the Netherlands’ self-identification as ‘Land of Grotius’, she combined results from her earlier research on the Netherlands and European law with recent research on Dutch academic debates on international law in the interwar period.

17 December 2018

Thomas Storgaard and Mads Bomholt held a workshop with the title “The delegitimization of German colonialism and the rise of the Mandate System, 1914-1933”.

 

2019

2-28 January 2019

Andrei Mamolea worked at the Library of Congress through John Bassett Moore’s correspondence with Edwin Borchard, J. Reuben Clark, Manley O. Hudson, Hiram Johnson, and Harlan F. Stone.

3-4 January 2019

Thomas Storgaard visited the German Federal Archives in Koblenz with the purpose of doing nachlass archival research of several German international law lawyers and diplomats.

8 January 2019

Jean-Michel Guieu gave a lecture entitled: « The League of Nations at the core of the peace settlement 1914-1924” at the Archives départementales de Nantes (France).

8 January 2019

Daniel Maul gave a public lecture on “100 years of ILO” at a conference organized by the Norwegian General Federation of Trade Unions (LO)

14-16 January 2019

Morten Rasmussen worked at the Archive of the League of Nations in Geneva.

21-25 January 2019

Rasmus Søndergaard visited the Manley Hudson papers at the Harvard Law School Library for a second time to conduct further archival research. 

30 January 2019

Karin van Leeuwen presented her post doc project at a staff meeting of the History department of Maastricht University, which she joined as assistant professor in August 2018.

3-24 February 2019

In Buenos Aires, Andrei Mamolea worked in the Archivo General de la Nacion and Archivo Histórico de la Cancilleria. In Montevideo, he consulted the Archivo Historico Diplomatico, the Uruguayan Archivo General de la Nacion, as well as a private archive. The main aim was to identify relevant archives on two South American directors of the Legal Section of the League Secretariat.

4-6 February 2019

Morten Rasmussen worked at the Royal Library in Stockholm on the Hammaskjöld family archive.

 

15-16 February 2019

Morten Rasmussen gave a paper co-authored with Jan Lemnitzer (Assitant Professor Southern Danish University) entitled: ‘Bringing Politics back in – What the ‘turn to practice’ really means for the writing of histories of international law’ at the conference ‘Politics and the Histories of International Law, at the Max Planck Institute for comparative public law and international law, in Heidelberg.


4-8 March 2019

Karin van Leeuwen visited several archives in Switzerland, including the private archive of international lawyer and networker N. Politis deposited at the League of Nations Archives and the papers of M. Huber at the Zentralbibliothek in Zürich.

9-16 March 2019

Daniel Maul visited Columbia University’s Butler Library in New York to look into the James T. Shotwell papers, both with regard to Shotwells role and correspondence regarding the Geneva Protocols and his role as an American participant in the Labour Commission at the Paris Peace Conference

14-15 March 2019

Jean-Michel Guieu co-organised an international conference on “The Carnegie Endowment For International Peace. Promoting the Spirit of Internationalism in the Cause of a Durable Peace (1910-1940)”, held in Paris at the International University Campus (Maison Heinrich Heine | Fondation de l’Allemagne). Morten Rasmussen and Karin van Leeuwen also participated in the event.

15 April 2019

Daniel Maul gave a radio-interview for the Hessische Rundfunk, Germany on “100 years of ILO”

25 April 2019

Daniel Maul published an article on “100 Jahre Internationale Arbeitsorganisation” in Vereinte Nationen. Zeitschrift für die VN und ihre Sonderorganisationen, 2/2019

30 April 2019

Daniel Maul gave a public lecture on 100 years of ILO at the Textil- and Industriemuseum Augsburg 

13 May 2019

The Project organized together with Modern European Studies an Author meets Critics involving Leonard Smith and Volker Prott (Sovereignty and Self-Determination at the Paris Peace Conference and Beyond: https://cemes.ku.dk/activities/2019/sovereignty-and-self-determination--at-the-paris-peace-conference-and-beyond/)

15 May 2019

The project held an internal seminar that included two new associated members, Lecturer Megan Donaldson, University College London and Associate Professor Haakon Ikonomou, Saxo Institute.

22 May 2019

Jean-Michel Guieu gave a lecture entitled: « France and Germany in the aftermath of the First World War: Was reconciliation possible?”, at Parc Explor Wendel, Petite-Rosselle (France).

27-31 May 2019

Andrei Mamolea will work at the League of Nations Archive in Geneva.

29 May 2019

Jean-Michel Guieu will participate in the international conference “Peace, Law and Security after the First World War” held in Glasgow and Edinburgh. His presentation will focus on the following topic: ‘Establishing the Empire of Law’, Henri La Fontaine and his Project for a lasting Peace after the Great War.

5-8 June 2019

Jean-Michel Guieu will co-organised an international conference on “The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order International, held at the German Historical Institute in Paris and Palace of Versailles (co-organisers: Eckart CONZE, Norman INGRAM, Peter JACKSON, William MULLIGAN, Mathias SCHULZ).

26-28 June 2019

Daniel Maul participates at the international Conference “A Century of ILO” in Paris (Co-organizers Dorothea Hoehtker, Isabell Lespinet-Moret)

5-9 August 2019

Thomas Storgaard and Morten Rasmussen will be on the road in Britain to visit archives in Bristol, Oxford and London.

October 2019: Daniel Maul publishes “The International Labour Organization – 100 Years of Global Social Policy (Berlin: DeGruyter 2019)

October 2019

Morten Rasmussen will be Visiting Fellow at the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence.