SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Craven, Matthew (2021) 'The Time of Revolution: Decolonisation, Heterodox International Legal Historiography and the Problem of the Contemporary.' In: Chalmers, Shane and Pahuja, Sundhya, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities. London: Routledge. (Routledge Handbooks)

Text - Accepted Version
Download (366kB) | Preview


In focusing upon the pervasive theme of temporality that marks RP Anand’s seminal New States and International Law (1972) it is argued that one of his central pre-occupations was a concern for what it meant for the peoples of the Third World to live contemporaneously with those in the North. Noting the significance of a universal temporal calculus (clock time) for processes of both nation-building and global capitalism it is suggested that the temporal disjunctions that appeared to structure Anand’s account of ‘contemporary’ international law was to foreground the limits of both. For just as each depended upon putting into operation a temporal technology – engendering a ‘fictional presentness’ by the measuring of life against the clock – so also did that technology both reveal the asymmetrical conditions of life in the world, and the scale of the challenge placed before the world by the utopia of ‘presentness’.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISBN: 9780367420741
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Chalmers, Shane and Pahuja, Sundhya, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities. (2021). Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 29 May 2020 08:45

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item