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Queering international law’s stories of origin: Hospitality and homophobia

Chapter


Abstract


  • The project of ‘queering’ international law suggests excavating concepts of sexuality and sexual conduct in its formative moments. This chapter argues that two of the works of the sixteenth-century Spanish theologian Francisco de Vitoria provide rich grounds for excavation. These works are often included in the genealogy of international law and sometimes in the formative moments of the modern Law of Nations. Vitoria’s influential work challenged prevailing justifications for the imperialist Spanish project of the invasion of Mesoamerica, replacing them with universal natural law duties of friendship and hospitality owed by the people of the ‘New World’ to the Spanish, facilitating the Spanish imperial project.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • N. Seuffert, 'Queering international law’s stories of origin: Hospitality and homophobia' in D. Otto(ed), Queering International Law Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks (2017) 213-235.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138289918

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85032966492

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3436

Book Title


  • Queering International Law Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks

Start Page


  • 213

End Page


  • 235

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The project of ‘queering’ international law suggests excavating concepts of sexuality and sexual conduct in its formative moments. This chapter argues that two of the works of the sixteenth-century Spanish theologian Francisco de Vitoria provide rich grounds for excavation. These works are often included in the genealogy of international law and sometimes in the formative moments of the modern Law of Nations. Vitoria’s influential work challenged prevailing justifications for the imperialist Spanish project of the invasion of Mesoamerica, replacing them with universal natural law duties of friendship and hospitality owed by the people of the ‘New World’ to the Spanish, facilitating the Spanish imperial project.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • N. Seuffert, 'Queering international law’s stories of origin: Hospitality and homophobia' in D. Otto(ed), Queering International Law Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks (2017) 213-235.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138289918

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85032966492

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3436

Book Title


  • Queering International Law Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks

Start Page


  • 213

End Page


  • 235

Place Of Publication


  • United States