Visions of Global Order: Peace, Law and Security after the First World War

The 'Great War' of 1914-18 has dominated academic and popular debate over the past decade. Yet post-war attempts at peace-making may yield more important insights and lessons for contemporary debates about global order and attempts to forge a ‘rules-based international system’. The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 has attracted intense interest from both historians of international relations and international lawyers. But the research that has resulted is characterised by a striking lack of dialogue between the two disciplines.

The core objective of this project is therefore to make a significant and original contribution to existing scholarship on the Paris Peace Conference by marrying research questions and methodological approaches from the disciplines of international law and international history. To achieve this we have established a multi-disciplinary network of leading international experts in these disciplines. This network will consolidate existing collaborative relationships in these fields and extend them through sustained interdisciplinary dialogue. The network held its first workshop in Glasgow in November 2018. A wider conference will be held in May 2019.