Carl Schmitt's International Thought and the State

34 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018

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Adeel Hussain

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Armin von Bogdandy

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: November 28, 2018

Abstract

This paper pieces together how Carl Schmitt’s legal thought shaped his political ideas and, more crucially, how Schmitt strove to bring into accord the prevailing practices of transnational relations with those of international law. Schmitt provides an instructive case to read the histories of international law and political thought in conjuncture. His emphasis is squarely on the theorisations of international law. By focusing on Schmitt’s concept of the political, this paper will further outline Schmitt’s critique of liberalism and international law, and flesh out his planetary counter-proposal of the Großraum (great space).

Keywords: International law, liberalism, German legal thought, Carl Schmitt, legal theory, political thought, history of international law, Großraum

Suggested Citation

Hussain, Adeel and von Bogdandy, Armin, Carl Schmitt's International Thought and the State (November 28, 2018). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2018-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3292320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3292320

Adeel Hussain (Contact Author)

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Germany

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Armin Von Bogdandy

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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