Writing Resistance into International Law

International Community Law Review, Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, 2008

8 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2009

See all articles by Ruth Buchanan

Ruth Buchanan

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This essay considers the problem of theorizing resistance within international law through a close reading of two recent contributions to the TWAIL literature. It is concerned less with their critiques of contemporary developments, than with how these scholars map the possible spaces for resistance of third world states and peoples to international legal institutions and discourses. Do they argue that third world resistance has the potential to transform international law, and move us in the direction of a more just international order? If so, how is that process of change envisioned? While the answers to these questions are, not surprisingly, somewhat elusive; what is illuminated in the attempt is the productively contradictory nature of the TWAIL project itself.

Keywords: TWAIL, resistance, legal pluralism, revolution, multitude, international legal theory

Suggested Citation

Buchanan, Ruth, Writing Resistance into International Law (2008). International Community Law Review, Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1457203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1457203

Ruth Buchanan (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
189
Abstract Views
845
rank
159,891
PlumX Metrics