International Law and National Perspective in a Time of Globalization: The Persistence of a National Identity in Italian Scholarship of International Law
A Slightly Revised Version of This Paper Will Be Published in Giulio Bartolini (Ed), A History of International Law in Italy (Oxford University Press 2019, Forthcoming).
KFG Working Paper Series, No. 20, Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?”
17 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 2018
The present study aims at identifying the main trends in Italian international legal scholarship from 1990 onward. After a brief appraisal of the current situation within the Italian community of international law scholars, it will first focus on the methods and fields of interest of the most recent scholarship. Then, an attempt at contextualization will be made, by offering a brief overview of some current trends in international legal scholarship outside Italy and comparing these trends with the recent developments in Italian scholarship. In conclusion, it will be argued that, despite the greater fluidity of national identities, the persistence of common features still appears to characterize the Italian scholarship of international law. A long, deeply rooted and culturally rich tradition of studies in international law, the use of the Italian language, the dimension of the community as well as the presence of lively scientific institutions, are factors that, taken together, appear to favor a phenomenon of reproduction and perpetuation of certain common patterns of thought, thereby preserving the existence of a national perspective.
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