Legal Identity under Insurgencies and Unrecognised States

Author's workshop for special issue


13/04/2023 - 14/04/2023

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  • This special issue workshop aims to explore and test assumptions and conundrums about how states and the law are created and sustained by bringing into dialogue diverse disciplines (e.g. citizenship, law, political science, sociology, anthropology) and perspectives from contributors of various backgrounds (gender, cultural, career level, policy, academic and humanitarian) all focusing on the issue of legal identity produced by supposedly non-state entities. We hope that the articles that come out of this workshop will prompt fundamental reflection on the underpinnings of the current nation-state system – how and why it is constructed as it is, how it sustains itself, who is included, and, perhaps more importantly, who is excluded and why.


    GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg



    By invitation

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