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In this paper, Rose will be tracing the connection between the two elements of a long-term project – an investigation into the relationship between international law, the sovereign state and the phenomenon of fascism. The first of these deploys the invasion and annexation of the Ethiopian Empire by fascist Italy as a telescope through which to examine international law’s complicity with ‘fascist’ violence and subordination. The second element consists in a more direct examination of the overtly fascist international legal doctrine developed by Italian jurists during the ventennio, and the implications of that obscure and largely forgotten doctrine for our understanding of international law today. In bringing these two elements of the project together, Rose draws out the inherently expansionist logic of the self-determining subject, understood as international law’s ‘cell-form’.

Rose Parfitt is an ARC Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a lecturer in Law at Kent Law School. Her work focuses on the history and theory of international law, and on the relaitonship between fascism and international law in particular. Her monograph, The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance is coming out in 2018 with Cambridge University Press.

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