Mr Christopher Carl Gevers

Mr Christopher Carl Gevers


Telephone: +27 31 260 2555
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: HC Building – Suite G, 1st Floor


Christopher teaches international law, Jurisprudence/legal theory and Foundations of Law in the School of Law. His research focusses on Pan-Africanism, International law & ‘decolonisation’, Third World Approaches to International Law, Critical Race Theory, and Law & Literature. Since 2015 he has been a faculty member of the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School, and has held visiting Fellowships at the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School. At present he is co-convening an interdisciplinary project on ‘Literature & International Law At the Edge’, with Prof. Joseph R. Slaughter (Columbia University), Prof. Vasuki Nesiah (New York University) and Prof. Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics & Political Science). His more recent publications appear in the Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (2020), the London Review of International Law and Alternation.

Academic Qualifications

  • LLB (UKZN)
  • MSc (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • PhD Candidate (Melbourne Law School)

Research Interests

  • International law & ‘decolonisation’
  • Third World Approaches to International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Law and Literature
  • Pan-Africanism

Recent Publications and Papers

  • ‘”Unwhitening the World”: Rethinking Race and International Law’, 67(6) UCLA Law Review (forthcoming).
  • ‘International Law, literature and worldmaking’, in Shane Chalmers & Sundhya Pahuja (eds.) Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities (Routledge: 2021)
  • South Africa, International Law and ‘Decolonisation’, 33 Alternation (2020). 
  • ‘The Role of the International Criminal Court in Africa: The Epic Fails?’ (with Max du Plessis), in Jeremy Sarkin & Ellah T.M. Siang’andu (eds.) Africa’s Role and Contribution to International Criminal Justice (Intersentia: 2020)
  • ‘”Literal Decolonization”: Reading African Legal Scholarship through the African Novel’, in Dann & Bernstoff (eds.) The Battle for International Law: South-North Perspectives on the Decolonization Era (Oxford: 2019)
  • ‘Sifting through the ‘successful failures’ and ‘failed successes’ of international law’ (with D. Desai & AH Khan), 7(2) London Review of International Law (2019)
  • ‘Prosecuting the Crime Against Humanity of Apartheid: Never, Again’, African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2019)
  • ‘The Africa Blue Books’ at Versailles: The First World War, Narrative, and Unthinkable Histories of International Criminal Law’, Tallgren & Skouteris (eds) New Histories of International Criminal Law – Re-Trials (Oxford: 2019)
  • ‘Africa & International Criminal Law’ in Heller et al (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Justice (Oxford: 2019)
  • ‘”To Seek With Beauty to Set the World Right”: Cold War International Law and the radical ‘imaginative geography’ of Pan-Africanism’ in Craven, Pahuja & Simpson (eds) International Law & the Cold War (Cambridge: 2019)
  • ‘South Africa’s Foreign Policy and the International Criminal Court: Of African Lessons, Security Council Reform, and Possibilities for an Improved ICC’ (with M du Plessis), in J Warner & T Shaw African Foreign Policies in International Institutions (2018)