Global Governance, Conflict and China by Matthias Vanhullebusch
XU, A. (2021). Global Governance, Conflict and China by Matthias VANHULLEBUSCH. Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2018. xxvii 448 pp. Hardcover: €175.00. Asian Journal of International Law, 11(1), 212-213. doi:10.1017/S2044251321000072
Posted: 15 Jun 2021
Date Written: May 21, 2021
China’s rise has been a visible, yet somewhat puzzling, phenomenon to the world. During the the ongoing global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, China, with its more stringent national policies, has been relatively successful at virus containment compared to many Western counterparts. Moreover, the differences between the East and the West has been a persistent theme attracting great academic interest in many fields, but rarely has anyone been able to propose a balanced approach that can bridge the differences between the two to solve real-life issues. This book intends to address this gap, with a critical account of the current international law-making process. It ambitiously proposes a theory named the “Relational Normativity of International Law”, calling for a paradigm shift of international law from a mere rule-based system to a rule-based system complemented by relational thought.
Keywords: international law; global governance
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