The Monroe Doctrine: History, Interpretations, Legacy

International Three-Day Conference marks Bicentenary of Monroe-Doctrine


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This year marks the bicentenary of James Monroe’s pronouncement of the famous speech, which has been invoked to outline U.S. expansionist designs, spheres of influence and the principle of non-intervention. This international conference will explore the development, tensions and contradictions of the doctrine overtime across three main themes: 1) the historical background of the Monroe Doctrine in a transnational perspective; 2) the rearrangement and new interpretation of the Doctrine in the 1940s, and 3) the contemporary legacies of the Monroe Doctrine. Speakers, whose expertise ranges from history to political theory to law, will discuss these topics across six panels and three keynote speeches.

You can download the full program here.


  • Thursday, November 30, 17:00-19:30
  • Friday, December 1, 08:00-20:30
  • Saturday, December 2, 09:30-17:15

Where? Goethe University, Campus Westend, Normative Orders building, Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


To register as an in-person attendee, please contact the organizers at monroeconference(at) with your name, affiliation and a short description of your reasons to attend. They will get back to you as soon as possible.

Online Participation

To receive a Zoom link for the event, please email the organizers at monroeconference(at)

The international con­ference is convened by Dr Raphaël Cahen, Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz and Dr Hendrik Simon. It is organized by TraCe at Justus Liebig University Giessen, with the support of the Asser Institute in The Hague and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. It is co-funded by the Friends of the School of Law, Justus Liebig University Giessen.