A Meta-Theory of the Sources of International Law: Exploring the Hermeneutics, Authority and Publicness of International Law

Chapter for Jean d’Aspremont and Samantha Besson (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Sources of Law (OUP 2017)

31 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2016

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Matthias Goldmann

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE; Goethe University Frankfurt - Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders; Goethe University Frankfurt

Date Written: November 7, 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to identify common assumptions characterizing the sources doctrine in international law. Those are the autonomy of international law from politics, morality, economics, etc.; the focus on binding, enforceable rules; and state consent as the source of legitimacy of international law. Today, each of these assumptions is challenged. To address these challenges, the chapter proposes to further develop the sources theory and elaborate the concept of principles of international law (as they ensure international law’s autonomy), a concept of authority (as non-binding acts may have similar effects as binding law), and to distinguish international legal rules (or authoritative acts) which require democratic legitimacy from those which do not.

Keywords: Hermeneutics, principles of international law, enforcement, soft law, authority, functionalism, legitimacy, consent

Suggested Citation

Goldmann, Matthias, A Meta-Theory of the Sources of International Law: Exploring the Hermeneutics, Authority and Publicness of International Law (November 7, 2016). Chapter for Jean d’Aspremont and Samantha Besson (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Sources of Law (OUP 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865956 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2865956

Matthias Goldmann (Contact Author)

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE

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Germany

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders ( email )

Germany

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
HoF H4
Frankfurt, 60629
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.jura.uni-frankfurt.de/62222403/Goldmann

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