The Law of International Organizations and the Art of Reconciliation: From Dichotomies to Dialectics

11 International Organizations Law Review (2014) 428-453

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2015-12

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2015-05

25 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2015 Last revised: 13 Apr 2015

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Jean d'Aspremont

Sciences Po Law School; University of Manchester - School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

After submitting that most scholarly and practical debates about the law of international organizations can be construed as a battle between arguments based on the idea of a contract and those based on the idea of a constitution, this article discusses international legal scholars' ability to turn the foundational dichotomies between contractualism and constitutionalism into a dynamic and dialectic framework. It makes the argument that international legal scholars, and especially legal academics, while unanimously acknowledging the existence of such paradigmatic tensions, are regularly tempted to iron them out through the promotion of a series of dialectical concepts or moves.

Keywords: Law of international organizations, theory of the law of international organizations, contractualism, constitutionalism, dialectics, dédoublement fonctionnel, institutional veil, functionalism, autonomy

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

d'Aspremont, Jean, The Law of International Organizations and the Art of Reconciliation: From Dichotomies to Dialectics (2014). 11 International Organizations Law Review (2014) 428-453; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2015-12; Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2015-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2593048

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