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Law in War – Phenomenological Perspectives (online)

Darmstadt, 10th February 2023

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Darmstadt, Darmstadt

Law in War – Phenomenological Perspectives

Online Workshop

Friday, February 10th 2023, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (14:00 – 17:00 CET)


The workshop is structured around two initial texts written by Ukrainian philosophers and phenomenologists of law, Nataliia Satokhina and Oleksiy Stovba. Both will present a short version of their texts to which the panelists will then reply with short inputs (10-15 mins), which is followed by panel discussion and open discussion. Both contributions and discussions aim to focus on how phenomenological tools, concepts and methods can help us up approach and better understand the phenomenon of law in war.

The event is conducted in English. 

A registration to is necessary. The zoom link and the discussed texts will be sent after registration.



Nathalie Barbosa de la Cadena (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil)

Nicolas De Warren (Penn State University, US)

Saulius Geniusas (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

Sophie Loidolt (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

Nataliia Satokhina (Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Tatiana Shchyttsova (European Humanities University, Vilnius)

Michael Staudigl (University of Vienna, Austria)

Oleksiy Stovba (National Aerospace University, Kharkiv Aviation Institute, Ukraine)


Abstract: What is the experience of law in war? Is it the absence, suspension, or silence of law in face of unknown violence and a constant state of exception? Or does law remain an experience of everydayness in human interaction and a promise against war? In legal theory, the relation between law and war is a long-standing topic, as is the normativity of law, which asserts its own domain of “ought” against a domain of “being.” But if we consider law “not as an object of our knowledge or technical domination, but as something that happens to us in the world” (Satokhina), i.e., from a phenomenological point of view, the intertwined dimensions of validity and facticity manifest themselves in the experience and existence of human beings who live together, in peace and war. The aim of the workshop is to describe, conceptualize, and analyze the structure and essence of these experiences in their “corporeal, liminal, concretely situated” (Stovba) and transcendent dimensions, between “world and worldlessness, infinity and totality, law and lawlessness” (Satokhina) and to ask how, from this phenomenological perspective, law relates to war. 


Hosted by: Department of Philosophy at the Technical University of Darmstadt

Convenor: Prof. Dr. Sophie Loidolt

Online Workshop via Zoom: login information and the discussed texts are sent after registration to


14.00-14.05: Welcome and Opening (Sophie Loidolt)

Opening statements:

14.05-14.20: Nataliia Satokhina: “Phenomenology of Peace and War: Experience of Law and Experience of Lawlessness”

14.20-14.35: Oleksiy Stovba: “Is Law Possible during the War? Specificity of the Corporal Experience”

Responses from the panel and discussion I:


Nathalie Barbosa de la Cadena: “Phenomenology and Human Rights”

Nicolas De Warren

Saulius Geniusas

Responses from the panel and discussion II:


Sophie Loidolt

Tatiana Shchyttsova

Michael Staudigl

We look forward to hosting you (digitally) at the workshop.