Regionalism and the Unity of International Law from a Positivist Perspective

27 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2012  

André de Hoogh

University of Groningen; University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2193745

André De Hoogh (Contact Author)

University of Groningen

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

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