International Law as Law

CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW, James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi, eds., 2010

26 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2010 Last revised: 8 Nov 2010

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 6, 2010

Abstract

This draft chapter is an attempt to discuss debates on the character of international law as a legal system. The chapter seeks to identify certain ideal-typical characteristics of international law and sees how those affect the debate on whether international law is "really law." It suggests that international law's distinctivness is that it is a legal system that resists both reform through centralization, absorption by empires, or dissolution through privatization. Note: this is a non-edited version, only the published version is complete and quotable.

Keywords: international law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Megret, Frederic, International Law as Law (September 6, 2010). CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO INTERNATIONAL LAW, James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi, eds., 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1672824

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

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