Undoing sovereignty/identity, queering the ‘international’: the politics of law

Lee, Po-Han (2018) Undoing sovereignty/identity, queering the ‘international’: the politics of law. E-International Relations [weblog article, 22 October 2018]. ISSN 2053-8626

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Abstract

Recently the Yogyakarta Principles have celebrated their tenth anniversary; there has been widening acceptance across international organisations and increasingly corresponding state practices, and still, there is a need for a wider appreciation of such norms. It is argued here, simultaneously, it is necessary for queer methodology and critique to intervene in this developing field in both law and politics in order to relax the policing of identity upon a nationalised as well as gendered and sexualised body. Queer international law – echoing the advocacy of queer International Relations – targets the heteronormative idea of state sovereignty that is in itself patriarchal and paternalistic in normalising, or even discarding, the undesirable citizens. This essay, from the perspective that international law is a historical product reflecting the competition between powers at both domestic and international levels, attempts to draw attention to the importance of raising queer polyvocality in reframing the idea of the law of and between nation/states.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre
Subjects: K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence
Depositing User: Po-Han Lee
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 16:16
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79664

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