Dr Ntina Tzouvala

Senior Lecturer
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Biography

Ntina joined the ANU College of Law as a Senior Lecturer in July 2020. Prior to this appointment she was an ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School. She obtained her PhD from Durham Law School (UK) in 2016 and she also worked as a lecturer at the same institution.

Her work focuses on the political economy, history and theory of international law. She is especially interested in historical materialism, deconstruction, feminist and queer legal theory.  Her first monograph, Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in late 2020. Her work has also appeared in leading journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the UCLA Law Review

Ntina was a member of the editorial collective of the Third World Approaches to International Law Review between 2019 and late 2021. She is currently sitting on the editorial board of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and the Human Rights Law Quarterly. In early 2020, she was appointed Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. 

Appointments

  • LLM Director (November 2022-November 2024). 
  • Deputy HDR Director (February 2021-August 2021)

Significant research publications

  • Ntina Tzouvala, Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law (Cambridge UP, 2020). 
  • Ntina Tzouvala, Kathryn Greenman, Anne Orford, Anna Saunders (eds.), Revolutions in International Law: the Legacies of 1917 (Cambridge UP, 2021). 
  • Ntina Tzouvala, Katherine Fallah, ‘Deploying Race in the Defence of “Humanity”: The 2011 Intervention in Libya and “African Mercenaries”’ 67 (6)UCLA Law Review 1580. 
  • Ntina Tzouvala, '‘The Specter of Eurocentrism in International Legal History’ (2021) 31(2) Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 413.
  • Ntina Tzouvala, 'The Ordoliberal Origins of Modern International Economic Law: Constructing Competition on a Global Scale’ (2020) European Yearbook of International Economic Law 37.
  • Ntina Tzouvala. ‘A False Promise? Regulating Land-grabbing and the Postcolonial State’ (2019) 32(2) Leiden Journal of International Law 235.
  • Ntina Tzouvala, ‘“These Ancient Arenas of Racial Struggles”: International Law and the Balkans (1878-1949)’ (2018) 29(4) European Journal of International Law 1149.
  • Ntina Tzouvala. ''The Academic Debate about Mega-regionals and International Lawyers: Legalism as Critique?’ (2018) 6(2) London Review of International Law 189.

Recent news

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Dr Ntina Tzouvala is a senior lecturer at ANU College of Law.

Past events

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Politics of Intl Law
12.00PM to 1.00PM Virtual Seminar Series

This virtual webinar series is hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at the ANU College of Law.

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2021
Book launch event promo- law, capitalism and political economy
5.00PM to 7.00PM Book launch
  • Dr Will Bateman
  • Dr Ntina Tzouvala

Join us to help celebrate the recent works of Dr Will Bateman and Dr Ntina Tzouvala for the first CIPL Book Launch event of 2021.

Research biography

My research focuses on the history and theory of international law with a particular emphasis on political economy, race/ism and imperialism. Currently, I am developing a project on international law and racial capitalism, especially in the aftermath of white-minority rule. 

Research projects & collaborations

Ntina is currently working on three projects in the intersection of international law, capitalism and race/ism. 

First, along with Professor James T. Gathii (Loyola Law School) she is co-editing a special journal issue for the Journal of International Economic Law on international economic law and racial capitalism. This ambitious project will be the first of its kind in exploring comprehensively the links betweeen the field of international economic law, race/ism and capitalist accumulation. 

Secondly, along with Dr Robert Knox (Liverpool Law School) Ntina is leading a project entitled 'Between Race and Capitalism: International Law in the 21st Century'. The project examines the transformations brought about in international law as a result of recent reconfiguations in international political economy (including financialisation, the privatisation of warfare and the rise of non-Western capitalist powers) and the impact they have on racialisation processes across the world. 

This project is supported by a Modern Law Review workshop grant. 

Thirdly, along with Dr Foluke Adebisi (Bristol Law School) and Dr Suhrayia Jivraj (Kent Law School) Ntina is working on a project on anti-racist legal pedagogy. Drawing inspiration from academic and activist calls to 'decolonise' legal education, this project will bring together theoretical work with practical examples that will examine the promise and limits of such initiatives. 

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Consultancies

Ntina was appointed as Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Professor Michael Fakhri, in 2020 and still holds this role. 

Books & edited collections

Ntina Tzouvala, Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Greenman K, Orford A., Saunders A., Tzouvala N., (eds.), Revolutions in International Law: The Legacies of 1917(Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Margolies D.S., Özsu U., Pal M., Tzouvala N. (eds.), The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (Routledge, 2019)

Book chapters

Ntina Tzouvala, Robert Knox, ‘Looking Eastwards: The Bolshevik Theory of Imperialism and International Law’ in Greenman K, Orford A., Saunders A., Tzouvala N., (eds.), Revolutions in International Law: The Legacies of 1917(Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Ntina Tzouvala ‘“And the Laws are Rude, are Crude and Uncertain”: Extraterritoriality and the Emergence of Territorialised Statehood in Siam’ in Margolies D.S., Özsu U., Pal M., Tzouvala N. (eds.), The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (Routledge, 2019).

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘The Future of Feminist International Legal Scholarship in a Neoliberal University: Doing Law Differently?’ in Harris-Rimmer S., Ogg K. (eds.), The Future of Feminist Engagement with International Law (Edward Elgar, 2019).

Ntina Tzouvala ‘Civilisation’ in Singh S., d’ Aspremont J. (eds.), Fundamental Concepts for In- ternational Law: The Construction of a Discipline (Edward Elgar, 2019).

Ntina Tzouvala ‘Neoliberalism as Legalism: International Economic Law and the Rise of the Judiciary’ in Golder B., McLoughlin D., (eds.), The Politics of Neoliberal Legality (Routledge, 2017).

Ntina Tzouvala ‘(Don’t) Strike Back: The Erosion of the Right to Strike between Continuity and Rupture’ in Brabazon H., (ed.), Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (Routledge, 2016).

Refereed journal articles

Ntina Tzouvala, Robert Knox, ‘International Law of State Responsibility and COVID-19-:an Ideology Critique’ Australian Year Book of International Law (In Press, 2022).

Ntina Tzouvala, 'International Law and (the Critique of) Political Economy' South Atlantic Quarterly (In Press, 2022)

Ntina Tzouvala, Katherine Fallah, ‘Deploying Race in the Defence of “Humanity”: The 2011 Intervention in Libya and “African Mercenaries”’ 67 (6)UCLA Law Review 1580.

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘The Specter of Eurocentrism in International Legal History’ (2021) 31(2) Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 413.

Ntina Tzouvala ’The Ordoliberal Origins of Modern International Economic Law: Constructing Competition on a Global Scale’ (2020) European Yearbook of International Economic Law 37.

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘A False Promise? Regulating Land-grabbing and the Postcolonial State’ (2019) 32(2) Leiden Journal of International Law 235.

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘“These Ancient Arenas of Racial Struggles”: International Law and the Balkans (1878-1949)’ (2018) 29(4) European Journal of International Law 1149.

Ntina Tzouvala, 'The Academic Debate about Mega-regionals and International Lawyers: Legalism as Critique?’ (2018) 6(2) London Review of International Law 189.

Ntina Tzouvala, Mai Grasten, ‘The Political Economy of International Transitional Administration: Regulating Food and Farming in Kosovo and Iraq’ (2018) 24(5) Contemporary Politics 588.

Ntina Tzouvala, Aoife O'Donoghue, ’TTIP: The Rise of Regional Trade Agreements and their Potential Implications for the Global South’ (2017) 8(2) Trade, Law and Development 30.

Ntina Tzouvala ‘Food for the Global Market: The Neoliberal Reconstruction of Agriculture in Occupied Iraq (2003-2004) and the Role of International Law’ (2017)17(1) Global Jurist 1.

Ntina Tzouvala, 'The Holy See and Children’s Rights: International Human Rights Law and Its Ghosts’ (2015) 84 Nordic Journal of International Law 59-88.

Conference papers & presentations

In 2020-2021 Ntina delivered invited presentations on her monograph (Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law) at the following institutions: International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law; Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School; Goldsmiths, Department of Law; University of Essex, School of Law; Leiden University, Faculty of Law - Van Vollenhoven Institute; Durham Law School; University of Manchester Law School; American University of Cairo Law Department; Amsterdam Center for International Law; University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law.

In addition, some of Ntina's conference presentations include: 

June 2021 ‘The Specter of Eurocentrism in International Legal History’ Leiden Hub for the History and Theory of International Law.

April 2021 ‘New Histories of Capitalism and International Law’ Weatherhead Center in Global History and the Graduate Institute.

March 2021: ‘Revival and Renewal of Marxist Approaches’ Law and Political Economy Project annual conference.

January 2020: ‘Deploying Race in the Defence of “Humanity”: The 2011 Intervention in Libya and “African Mercenaries”’ UCLA ‘Transnational Legal Discourses on Race and Empire’ workshop.

July 2019: ANZSIL President’s Panel 27th Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference, Canberra (invited panelist)

July 2019: ‘Ways of Knowing in International Law: The Turn to Facts and the “Unwilling or Unable” Doctrine’ 27th Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference, Canberra

June 2019: ‘Law, Race and Capitalism on Trial? The South West Africa Saga’ Birmingham Law School, UK (invited seminar presentation).

March 2019: ‘The 'Logic of Biology' and the International Legal Argument: The Standard of Civilisation and its Enduring Relevance’ University of California in Los Angeles

December 2018: ‘“A Science of Facts”? A Symptomatic Reading of the Epistemological Crisis of International Law’ Vertigo: Fake News/Real Theory, Australian National University, Canberra

July 2018: ‘Between North and South: the Balkans as a liminal space in the history of international law’ TWAIL Conference, National University of Singapore

 

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Government submissions

‘Submission to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Review of Australia's Bilateral Investment Treaties’ with Greenman, K.

Australian Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee: Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, ‘The Implications of TPP for Developing States’ with O’Donoghue, A.

Joint Select Committee on Human Rights: inquiry into the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing, ‘Self-Defence as a Justification for UAV Strikes Overseas: The Legality of the Use of Force in Response to Terrorist Threats’ with Sparks, T.

Commons Select Committee: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, ‘Potential Impact upon Developing States’ with O’Donoghue A.

Committees

External Organisations

Ntina sits at the editorial board of the Human Rights Law Review and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

She is a co-convenor of the History and Theory Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and member of the organising committee of the Society's 2022 conference. 

In 2021, she was a member of the panel that judged the inaugural writing competition of the Harvard Law School Political Economy Association. She was the only panel member not based in the USA. 

Internal ANU Committees

  • ANU College Education Committee (Augusy 2021-ongoing). 
  • ANU College Research Committee (July 2020-August 2021). 

Case notes & book reviews

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists by Natsu Taylor Saito’ Melbourne Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2021).

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Capitalism as Civilisation, or How to Respond to your Book Reviews when the Author is Dead’ (2021) 13(1) European Journal of Legal Studies 137-153.

Ntina Tzouvala, 'Christopher A. Casey, Nationals Abroad: Globalization, Individual Rights, and the Making of Modern International Law’ (2021) 81(1) Heidelberg Journal of International Law 271-276.

Ntina Tzouvala, 'Alvaro Santos, Chantal Thomas, David Trubek (eds.), World Trade and Investment Reimagined’ (2020) 31(3) European Journal of International Law 1166-1170.

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Markus Gunneflo, Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History’ 22(3) Journal of Conflict and Security Law 559-563.

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘New Approaches to International Law: The History of a Project’ 27(1) European Journal of International Law 215 (extended book review essay) 213-233.

Other

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘On Legal Sublimations: The Corporation in International Law’ (The New Rambler, 5 March 2021), available at: https://newramblerreview.com/book-reviews/ law/on-legal-sublimations-the-corporation-in-international-law.

Ntina Tzouvala, International Law and Decolonisation in Africa: 60 Years Later’ (Afronomicslaw, 26 October 2020), available at: https://www.afronomicslaw.org/2020/10/26/international-law-and-decolonis....

Ntina Tzouvala, Michael Fakhri,  ‘International Law and the Right to Food: What We Can Learn from Racial Justice Movements’ (EJIL:Talk! 19 August 2020), available at: https://www.ejiltalk.org/international-law-and-the-right-to-food-what-we....

Ntina Tzouvala, Michael Fakhri,  ‘To Reduce World Hunger, Governments Need to Think beyond Making Food Cheap’ (The Conversation, 18 July 2020), available at: https://theconversation.com/to-reduce-world-hunger-governments-need-to-t....

Ntina Tzouvala, ‘Reading Chimni’s International Law and World Order: The Question of Feminism’ (EJIL: Talk!, 28 December 2017), available at: https://www.ejiltalk.org/author/ntinatzouvala/

Ntina Tzouvala ’Macron & Africa’s “Civilisational” Problem’ (Critical Legal Thinking, 14 July 2017), available at: http://criticallegalthinking.com/2017/07/14/macron-africascivilisational... (Translated in Italian and published on the cultural criti- cism blog Il Lavoro Culturale: https://www.lavoroculturale.org/macron-civilizzazione-africa/)

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • History and Theory of International Law 
  • International Law and Political Economy (esp. re the Global South) 
  • Legal Theory (including critical legal, critical race, feminist and queer theory)
  • Law and Development

 

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Current courses

Philosophy & approach

My teaching is based on the idea that only solid theorising can help us truly understand legal doctrine, but also that attention to the details, the 'boring' bits of the law is the best way into the law's 'secrets'. I try to run an inclusive classroom and to teach a wide range of materials both in terms of opinion and in terms of identities that have so far been marginalised in the study of the law. 

Past courses

  • Foundations of Australian Law (Sem 1, 2021) 
  • Gender, Law and Development (Sem 2, 2020)
  • International Law (Sem 2, 2020) 

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