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Babatunde Fagbayibo in Conversation with Donna Lyons and Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan

Topic: ‘Decolonising the Curriculum from the TWAIL Perspective’

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Babatunde Fagbayibo in Conversation with Donna Lyons and Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan

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20 Jul, 19:00 – 20:00 IST

Online Seminar

About the event

Professor Babatunde Fagbayibo will discuss his article, ‘Some Thoughts on Centring Pan-African Epistemic in the Teaching of Public International Law in African Universities’ on 20 July 2022.

Date and time: 7pm - 8pm Dublin, Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Attendees can join the webinar directly via Zoom using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87126893750. This event is free and open to all and there will be an opportunity for Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Mr. James Kingston (1968-2022), esteemed legal advisor to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, who had kindly agreed to feature on the Speaker Series this year. At this time we also remember Dr. Vicky Conway, Associate Professor at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

Babatunde Fagbayibo is a professor in law at the University of South Africa. He graduated with a doctoral degree in Public Law, with specialisation in regional integration law, from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research primarily focuses on the institutional development of the African Union, in particular the process of endowing the organisation with supranational competences. Other research interests include critical approaches to international law, transnational policy analysis, and governance and democratisation in Africa. He has written widely on issues of African integration, democracy and good governance, and development in Africa. His writings have been published in a number of academic journals, as chapters in books, and other online platforms. He has also presented papers at number of national and international conferences, and also serves as a commentator on African issues for print and broadcast media. In 2015, he was a visiting professor of law at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has also given lectures in institutions such as the University of Pretoria, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He is the editor in chief of the Southern African Public Law Journal, and also serves on the boards of the African Journal on Democracy and Governance, Nigerian Yearbook of International Law and the Caribbean Law Review. He is a C2 rated South African National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher. In 2014, he was named as one of the top 35 Africans under the age of 35 in international affairs by the Young People in International Affairs (YPIA).

Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan, LLM. (Maastricht University), PhD (NUI Galway) is a Teaching Associate at University of Nottingham, UK since February 2021. Before joining University of Nottingham, he worked as a Fellow and research assistant to the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland from 2013-2017 and worked as Lecturer in International Law at Griffith College Dublin from 2017-2020. His doctoral research focused on the engagement of Sri Lanka with the United Nations human rights machinery, published as a book in 2019. He has presented papers and delivered guest lectures at international organisations and universities in, inter alia, Braga, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Geneva, London, New Delhi, Padova, Seattle, Seoul, Singapore, Kathmandu. He has a research interest in (post)-colonial studies, racism/fascism in international law, CRT, TWAIL and has widely published in these areas.

Babatunde Fagbayibo, ‘Some Thoughts on Centring Pan-African Epistemic in the Teaching of Public International Law in African Universities’ (2019) International Community Law Review  170:

The teaching of public international law in Africa remains unresponsive to the imperative of decolonisation. The curriculum in many universities across the continent remain steeped in Eurocentric canons, and does little to disrupt hegemonic assumptions that place European thinkers at the heart of the development of international law. There is little attempt to provide a critical discussion around important epistemologies that emerged from diplomatic interactions between and among pre-colonial African Empires, and with Europeans and Asians; state building/state recognition measures; and negotiations and dispute settlement mechanisms regulating the activities of trade networks. In addition, the consideration of approaches such as the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) that have exposed the non-neutral underpinnings of international law remains marginal or non-existent. In this respect, this article proposes ‘critical integrative approach’ as a viable ontological framework that should shape the inclusion of important pan-African epistemic in the teaching of public international law in African universities.

This event has been generously supported by donors to a fundraiser held during 2021 in aid of the Speaker Series.

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