The Coerciveness of International Law
Northwestern University - School of Law
October 12, 2010
German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 52, p. 437, 2009
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-60
This article shows that an important part of the deep structure of international law is its self-referential strategy of employing its own rules to protect its rules. International law tolerates a principled violation of its own rules when necessary to keep other rules from being broken. It extends a legal privilege to states to use coercion against any state that has selfishly attempted to transgress its international obligations. International law thus protects itself through the opportunistic deployment of its own rules.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Monism, Dualism, Consent, Domestication Theory, Soft Law, New Haven School, Exceptionalism
JEL Classification: K40, K33, K10
Date posted: October 13, 2010
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