International Criminal Law and Constitutionalisation - On Hegemony Narratives in Progress

12 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2013

Date Written: July 17, 2013

Abstract

As we move towards constructing narratives regarding the future outlook of global governance, constitutionalisation among them, the hope is that whatever shape this world order takes it will, somehow, forestall or hinder the possibility of a hegemonic order. This article tries to deconstruct the notion of hegemony and claims that as it currently stands it is useless in doing its critical work since every successful narrative will end up being hegemonic because it will employ the ‘hegemonic technique’ of presenting a particular value (or value system), a particular viewpoint, as universal or at least applying to those who do not share it. The only way for a narrative in this discourse not to be hegemonic would be for it to be either truly universal and find a perspective that stems from nowhere and everywhere – a divine perspective – or purely descriptive; the first being an impossibility for fallible beings and the other not worth engaging with since it has nothing to say about how things should be structured or decided in a specific situation.

Keywords: hegemony, constitutionalism, constitutionalisation, international criminal law

Suggested Citation

Ajevski, Marjan, International Criminal Law and Constitutionalisation - On Hegemony Narratives in Progress (July 17, 2013). Erasmus Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2295023

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