Is International Law International? Preface and Chapter 1: The Divisible College of International Lawyers
Is International Law International? Oxford University Press (2017)
29 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 19, 2017
This chapter (Chapter 1) of the book "Is International Law International?" (OUP, 2017) explores three concepts—difference, dominance, and disruption—that play a central role in comparative international law. In examining the extent to which international law is international in the academies and textbooks of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the author makes three arguments. First, international law academics are often subject to differences in their incoming influences and outgoing spheres of influence in ways that reflect and reinforce differences in how they understand and approach international law. Second, actors, materials, and approaches from some states and regions have come to dominate certain transnational flows and forums in ways that make them disproportionately influential in constructing the “international.” Third, existing understandings of the field are likely to be disrupted by factors such as changing geopolitical power that will make it increasingly important for international lawyers to understand the perspectives and approaches of those coming from unlike-minded states.
Keywords: difference, dominance, disruption, actors, materials, understandings, approaches, geopolitics, Western, non-Western, United States, US, United Kingdom, UK, France, French, Russia, Russian, China, Chinese, comparative international law
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