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International Law as Law

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

September 6, 2010

CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW, James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi, eds., 2010

This draft chapter is an attempt to discuss debates on the character of international law as a legal system. The chapter seeks to identify certain ideal-typical characteristics of international law and sees how those affect the debate on whether international law is "really law." It suggests that international law's distinctivness is that it is a legal system that resists both reform through centralization, absorption by empires, or dissolution through privatization. Note: this is a non-edited version, only the published version is complete and quotable.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: international law

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: September 6, 2010 ; Last revised: November 8, 2010

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Megret, Frederic, International Law as Law (September 6, 2010). CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW, James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi, eds., 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1672824

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