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Although international law provides a fertile ground for discourse analysis, international lawyers have rarely used the prism of discourse to explore their discipline. The objective of this research seminar is to introduce students to the fundamentals of discourse analysis in order to equip them with the toolbox necessary to conduct a discourse-based analysis of international law. Analyzing international legal discourse as a system of significations, this seminar will discuss - among other things - its ordering principles, its socially shaping and constitutive function, its role in the formation of identities, subjects and subject-positions and its strategic functions in times of crises. No prior background in, or knowledge of, discourse analysis is required.