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