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Charlotte Peevers

Charlotte Peevers

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Charlie was a visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015-2016 academic year, and is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Technology Sydney.  Charlie’s research focuses on international legal ordering and disordering, including the use of force, management of disasters, and large-scale engineering projects.  Her work seeks to uncover discarded histories of international law, calling into question the progress narrative of the contemporary international legal order.  She has written on the politics of justifying the use of force, memorialization of the Great War, and the Cold War.

While at Harvard, Charlie is working on a project titled ‘Technology, Empire and International Law through the Suez Canal’.  The project explores how particular visions of progress became embodied in the Suez Canal project, and how the Canal project simultaneously reconstituted the very meaning of progress.

Charlie is involved in a collaborative project funded by the Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School: ‘History, Anthropology and the Archive of International Law’; and is a contributor to an Australian Research Council Discovery grant-funded project ‘International Law and the Cold War’.  She has previously completed a UTS grant-funded project on the media in global governance (2013).

Charlie received her PhD in Law from the London School of Economics (2011) and a Masters in International Politics and Human Rights from Glasgow University (2005).  She is a qualified lawyer (England & Wales, 2009).



Select publications:

‘Nasser, Bandung and the Suez Crisis: the possibilities of a new international law’ in Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri and Vesuki Nesiah (eds.) Bandung, Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge University Press: forthcoming 2016)

The Chilcot Inquiry–The Publication Saga of an Official History’ (Two Parts), 17 & 18 February 2015, Opinio Juris

The First World War, Interrupted: Artefacts as International Law’s Archive,  Parts I & II’, with Parfitt, Painter, Eslava and Chiam, 15 December 2014, Critical Legal Thinking

The Politics of Justifying Force: the Suez Crisis, the Iraq War, and International Law (Monograph, Oxford University Press: 2013)

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