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'The life of individuals as well as of nations': international law and the League of Nations' anti-trafficking governmentalities

Legg, Stephen

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Stephen Legg stephen.legg@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper will address an often-neglected agenda of the much-derided League of Nations: its ‘social’ and ‘technical’ works. These targeted human security through regulating different forms of international mobility, including the fight against trafficking in women and children. The League used conventions and conferences to commit nation-states, in a legal model, to standardized anti-trafficking measures. It also, however, worked to educate and inform states, voluntary organizations, and the general public about the nature of trafficking and the ways of combating it. The latter techniques are here interpreted using Foucault's governmentality writings, which encourage us to look beyond the juridical epistemologies of international relations and international law, but not beyond the interlacing of laws and norms, here explored through interwar League governmentalities.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2012
Journal Leiden Journal of International Law
Print ISSN 0922-1565
Electronic ISSN 0922-1565
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Legg, S. (2012). 'The life of individuals as well as of nations': international law and the League of Nations' anti-trafficking governmentalities. Leiden Journal of International Law, 25(3), doi:10.1017/S0922156512000325
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156512000325
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8649526&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0922156512000325
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright: Cambridge University Press.

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