EJIL:The Podcast! Episode 16 – Disputing Archives

Author: Surabhi Ranganathan
Published: 03.05.2022
This podcast, the third in the series ‘Reckonings with Europe: Past and Present’ by Surabhi Ranganathan and Megan Donaldson, takes up the archive as an object through which relations between past and present are negotiated. Archives can take many forms, but the episode focuses on those most familiar to international lawyers—official and state archives. Such archives function as a marker of sovereignty, and an important resource for legal claim-making, as well as for the writing of history. Understandably, then, changes to political organization—decolonization, and succession of states—pose questions about who should have control of these archives; and any effort to…