Masterclass – Empire, Law and Eurocentrism

With Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney)

Date: 28 September 2016
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Johan Huizingagebouw 2.60, Doelensteeg 16, Leiden

Research master students and PhD candidates are invited to participate in a masterclass with Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice from the University of Sydney. Andrew Fitzmaurice is a historian of ideas. His research has focused upon the ideologies of European empires. His early work concerned the political ideas of early American colonization. More recently, he has been concerned with Europeans’ justifications for the appropriation of land and sovereignty in the non-European world from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth.

The masterclass is part of a conference, entitled Visions of Empire in Dutch History from the early modern period to the 21th century. For more details on this conference, visit the website

We expect an active participation, including reading the assigned literature.

Assigned reading:

  • Martti Koskenniemi, ‘Empire and International Law: The Real Spanish Contribution’,
  • University of Toronto Law Journal (2011) (available as a PDF at:
  • Lauren Benton, ‘Introduction: Forum on Law and Empire in Global Perspective’, The American Historical Review 117(4) (2012): 1092-1100.
  • Andrew Fitzmaurice, ‘Liberalism and Empire in Nineteenth-Century International Law’, The American Historical Review, 117(1), 122-140.

Participants are requested to mail a brief description of their research (100 words) and two questions, relating to the literature to René Koekkoek (, before 23 September.

For more details and registration, contact

The master class is organized by the organizers of the conference Visions of Empire in Dutch History, René Koekkoek MPhil, dr. Anne-Isabelle Richard, and dr. Arthur Weststeijn.