The Bifurcation of International Law: Two Futures for the International Rule of Law
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law
April 29, 2011
THE LAW OF THE FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF THE LAW, Sam Muller, Stavros Zouridis, Morly Frishman and Laura Kistemaker, eds., Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2011
Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2011-05
Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2011-04
This short paper argues that in the next decades we are likely to see a fundamental separation in the form and contents of the international rule of law. In a sizeable, but relatively small group of states, international law transforms itself from its international roots and interconnects and mingles with national law. In these states, we see an integration of the international and the national rule of law. In many other (and indeed most) states, the international rule of law will essentially remain limited to the international level. This paper explores some of the consequences of this bifurcation for the system of international law and its impact on domestic law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: International law, rule of law, international rule of law, human rights, fragmentation
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: April 30, 2011 ; Last revised: September 4, 2011
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