15. Dezember 2022 Tagung/Konferenz Rosa Luxemburg and International Law



Straße der Pariser Kommune 8A
10243 Berlin


15.12.2022, 09:30 - 16.12.2022, 18:30 Uhr


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Rosa Luxemburg and International Law

2021 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Luxemburg: a revolutionary theorist and political activist, whose work has provided important political economy critiques of imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and advocated for the collective commitment to social justice. Rosa Luxemburg’s work and influence spans many topics relevant to the critique of international law: political economy, militarism, capitalism, democracy, imperialism, self-determination, revolution, and feminism. While recent events and books have celebrated her life and intellectual and political legacy, engagement with her work in international law, with some notable exceptions, has been largely marginal. In this workshop, we bring together an international group of scholars, who engage with Rosa Luxemburg’s work in relation to a broad variety of international legal topics. Four broad themes will be discussed, anti-militarism, imperialism and primitive accumulation, self-determination, and reparations, ruptures and revolution.

Workshop Programme (provisional)

15 December 2022 | Humboldt University
Juristische Fakultät, Bebelplatz, Room E47

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  • 9.30-9.45 Welcome
    Christine Schwöbel-Patel and Serena Natile
  • 10.00-11.00 Keynote
    Miriam Pieschke (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation) (online): From the Periphery to the Centre: An Approach to Rosa Luxemburg from a Feminist Perspective      
  • 11.00-11.15 Break
  • 11.15-13.00 Anti-Militarism
    Chair: Christine Schwöbel-Patel, University of Warwick
    Discussant: Tor Krever, University of Warwick

    Marnie Lloydd
    (Victoria University of Wellington, Te Herenga Waka): “A few not too troublesome restrictions”, Restraints on Violence, Solidarity, Anti-militarism, Peace (online)
    Chloe Truong-Jones (New York University): Accumulation and Jurisdiction (online)
    • Attila Antal (Eötvös Loránd University): The New Form of Capitalist Militarism: The Permanent State of Exception
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00-16.00 Imperialism and Primitive Accumulation
    Chair: Lys Kulamadayil
    Discussant: Latha Varadarajan, San Diego State University

    Kanad Bagchi (Max Plank Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg): Rosa Luxemburg and the Imperialism of Money
    Santosh Anand (City University London): Foreclosed Temporalities: Imperialism and International Criminal Law
    Michele Tedeschini (Freie Universität, Berlin): Emptying the Bottom of the Sea: Capital Accumulation in the Cavities of International Law
  • 16.00-18.30 Break/Xmas Market
  • 19.00 Dinner at the Weltwirtschaft, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

16 December 2022 | Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8A

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  • 9.30-11.30 Rosa walking tour
  • 12.30-13.30 Welcome to the Stiftung
    Daniela Trochowski, Director Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
  • Lunch
  • 13.30-16.00 Self-determination
    Chair: Serena Natile, University of Warwick
    Discussant: Reut Yael Paz, Universität Gießen

    Marcel Garbos (Columbia University): ‘National Nihilism’ Reconsidered: Rosa Luxemburg, Polish Industrialisation, and the Possibilities of Post-Imperial Polity
    Paola Zichi (Queen Mary University London): Rosa Luxemburg’s Self-Determination and Feminist Legal Thought: On Imperialism, Capitalist Expansion, and International Law
    Eric Loefflad (Kent Law School): Domination is more than Conquest: Rosa Luxemburg’s View from Partitioned Poland
  • 16.00-16.15 Break
  • 16:15-18.00 Reparations, Ruptures and Revolutions
    Chair: Mathias Foit, FU
    Discussant: Susan Marks, LSE

    Mia Swart (Edge Hill University): ‘Pushed into the burning desert’: German ‘Reparations’ to the Herero through a Luxemburgian Lens (online)
    Serena Natile (University of Warwick): The Revolutionary Potential of Transnational Social Security Law: Lessons from Rosa Luxemburg
    Christine Schwöbel-Patel (University of Warwick): The Luxemburgian Trial of Rupture
  • 18:00-18.30 Closing and Future Plans


Christine Schwöbel-Patel, University of Warwick
Serena Natile, University of Warwick

Due to limited space, we can now only accommodate for online participation.



Dr. Uwe Sonnenberg

Referatsleiter Geschichte, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Telefon: +49 30 44310 425