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Regionalism and the Unity of International Law from a Positivist Perspective


André De Hoogh


University of Groningen; University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

2012

European Society of International Law (ESIL) Conference Paper Series No. 3/2012

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This contribution aims to consider regionalism and the unity of international law from a practical, legal positivist perspective. The analysis will focus on the interrelationship in terms of validity, sources, and questions of (non-)application and conflict. A tentative conclusion is that regionalism as such does not form more of a threat to the unity of international law than other phenomena. All may equally lead to the misinterpretation, non-application or even violation of international law. One may recast the suggested tension between regionalism and the unity of international law into two much more generally problematic features of international law: the lack of hierarchy between and within the sources of international law or obligation; and the rudimentary relationship between a domestic or regional legal system and international law at large. What would or should remedy these two features endemic to the international legal order is, quite naturally, open to discussion.

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Date posted: December 26, 2012  

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de Hoogh, André, Regionalism and the Unity of International Law from a Positivist Perspective (2012). European Society of International Law (ESIL) Conference Paper Series No. 3/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2193745

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André De Hoogh (Contact Author)
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands
University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )
9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

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