17-19 February 2012

One year on from the “Arab Spring”, a wonderful group of scholars and researchers is gathering in Cairo to explore contemporary geographies of international law. They will reflect anew upon the “cores” and “peripheries” of international legal knowledge and practice in the face of recent structural shifts. Where (if anywhere) are they located today? Does international law project a disciplinary periphery, or several? Who or what occupies international legal peripheries today and what does peripheral status imply? What may be at stake in the mapping of cores and peripheries? Are there cores in the peripheral and vice versa? To what extent, if at all, do core-periphery dynamics in international law channel development and reform? Long associated with dependency theory, world systems theory and geographical analyses of trade, core-periphery schematics have nonetheless informed international legal thought, argument and policy-making in a wide range of ways. This conference is enabling scholars of law and related disciplines to revisit core-periphery dynamics in global governance, in both their symbolic and their material dimensions, and contribute to their re-imagining for the current age.
Co-hosted by the American University in Cairo Law Department and Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney, this conference will afford both established and emergent scholars working in or around the international legal field an invigorating opportunity to explore the foregoing theme.



The International Law and the Periphery Conference is supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

In addition, the Conference convenors gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

Cornell University Law School

Cornell Law School’s Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa

The European Society of International Law

The European Society of International Law

DLA Matouk Bassiouny, Member of DLA Piper Group

Helmy Hamza & Partners/Baker & McKenzie

The conference is co-hosted by the American University in Cairo through its Law Department and Sydney Law School.