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[Lecture] Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law

OCT . 10 2021
Speaker: Mohammad Shahabuddin (Professor of International Law & Human Rights, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham)

Host: Chen Yifeng (Associate Professor, Peking University Law School)

Other Speakers:
Liu Yang
Assistant Professor, School of Law, Renmin University of China

Zhu Mingzhe
Associate Professor, School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law

Cong Wanshu
Global Academic Researcher, The University of Hong Kong

Zhang Kangle
Postdoctoral researcher at Peking University Law School

Time: 13 October 2021, 19:00-21:00

Venue: Online (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87404383343)

Abstract
International law plays a central role in the ideological making of the postcolonial state in relation to postcolonial boundaries, the liberal-individualist architecture of rights, and the neoliberal economic vision of development. In this process, international law subjugates minority interests and in turn aggravates the problem of ethno-nationalism. Analysing the geneses of ethno-nationalism in postcolonial states, Mohammad Shahabuddin substantiates these arguments with in-depth case studies on the Rohingya and the hill people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, against the historical backdrop of the minority question in Indian nationalist and constitutional discourse. Shahabuddin also proposes alternative international law frameworks for minorities.

Edited by: Estella Zhang Qiming
Source: PKU International Law WeChat Account (
Chinese)