Fifty Shades of Gray

Baltic Yearbook of International Law, 2015, Forthcoming

NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-50

28 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2014

See all articles by José E. Alvarez

José E. Alvarez

New York University School of Law

Date Written: September 18, 2014

Abstract

This essay, a foreword to a forthcoming collection of new scholarly works to be published in the Baltic Yearbook of International law, revisits a debate concerning whether “liberal” or “democratic” states “comply better” with international law. It re-engages with a debate dating back to at least 2001 involving liberal theorists, like Anne-Marie Slaughter and Andrew Moravcsik, along with their critics, including the author and Gerry Simpson. The author examines recent events and contemporary compliance literature and uses both to conclude that a sharp black/white dichotomy between ostensibly law-compliant liberal and illiberal outlaw nations needs to give way to a more nuanced recognition of complexities and ambiguities, namely “fifty shades of gray.”

Suggested Citation

Alvarez, José Enrique, Fifty Shades of Gray (September 18, 2014). Baltic Yearbook of International Law, 2015, Forthcoming; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2498147

José Enrique Alvarez (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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