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    Introduction: TWAIL - on praxis and the intellectual


    Natarajan, Usha and Reynolds, John and Bhatia, Amar and Xavier, Sujith (2016) Introduction: TWAIL - on praxis and the intellectual. Third World Quarterly, 37 (11). pp. 1946-1956. ISSN 0143-6597

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    Abstract

    This Special Issue emerges from the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Cairo Conference in 2015 and addresses the conference theme, ‘On Praxis and the Intellectual’, by focusing on different aspects of the intellectual as a political actor. In introducing this Issue, we provide some background to the TWAIL network, movement, event, and publications; and delineate our own understandings of scholarly praxis as editors and conference organisers. Broadly, we understand praxis as the relationship between what we say as scholars and what we do – as the inextricability of theory from lived experience. Understood in this way, praxis is central to TWAIL, as TWAIL scholars strive to reconcile international law’s promise of justice with the proliferation of injustice in the world it purports to govern. Reconciliation occurs in the realm of praxis and TWAIL scholars engage in a variety of struggles, including those for greater self-awareness, disciplinary upheaval, and institutional resistance and transformation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Third World; TWAIL; praxis; international law; Global South; Cairo;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 12271
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1209971
    Depositing User: John Reynolds
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:30
    Journal or Publication Title: Third World Quarterly
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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