Reviewing Two Decades of IL/IR Scholarship: What We've Learned, What's Next
INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: THE STATE OF THE ART, Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Mark A. Pollack, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012
58 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2012 Last revised: 25 Jan 2013
Date Written: June 12, 2012
This concluding chapter to Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) provides an overview of what IL/IR scholarship has revealed about the making, interpretation, and enforcement of international law. In each area, we outline the distinctive theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions that IL/IR has made as well as its lacaune and blindspots. We then turn to theory, and discuss the contributions that each of the classic IR theories has made to IL/IR scholarship, as well as the strengths and limitations of the recent turn to pragmatic, eclectic theoretical approaches found in problem-driven empirical research. Finally, we suggest ways to rebalance the asymmetrical terms of trade in theory between international law and international relations, and briefly outline a future research agenda for IL/IR scholarship.
Keywords: international law, international relations, interdisciplinary, international legal theory, legalization, regime design, institutionalism, constructivism
JEL Classification: K33
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