The Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg will host a Conference in Paris on 18-19 January 2018 on the theme: ”Historical Capitalism and International Law”.


Contributions to the conference should explore one of the three following subject areas:


1) international law and the histories of capitalist expansion;

2) the history of international law and political conflicts in capitalism;

3) histories of international law and narratives of capitalist modernity.


The publication of a special issue of the Journal of History of International Law is also being considered and would incorporate certain contributions from the conference.


Abstracts from 300 to 500 words shall be submitted indicating the subject area of the proposed contribution, along with a CV by 15 October 2017 to 


English will be the main working language during the conference.