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What is Twail?

American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting, pp. 31-39, 2000

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2010  

Makau W. Mutua

SUNY Buffalo Law School

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

The piece seeks to conceptualize the insurgent movement in international law known as Third World Approaches to International Law. Driven by scholars from the Third World, TWAIL rejects the traditional tenets and assumptions of traditional international law and argues for a re-imagination of the law of nations to purge it of racial and hegemonic precepts and biases to create a truly universal corpus that embraces inclusivity and empowerment. The movement turns away from the imperialist and colonialist foundation of international law. It argues that international law must be devoid of oppression, exploitation, and domination. The piece is among the first to attempt a fuller description of TWAIL.

Keywords: Third World Approaches to International Law, hegemony, imperialism, Christianity, colonialism

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau W., What is Twail? (2000). American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 94th Annual Meeting, pp. 31-39, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533471

Makau Mutua (Contact Author)

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