Rejoinder: Twailing International Law

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James Thuo Gathii

Loyola University Chicago School of Law


In this article, I argue that a defining characteristic of discussions of legitimacy within liberal internationalism and neo-conservative realism is that they do not engage with the colonial history and its legacies for the developing world and the private order of the market place. In my view, to the extent that colonialism and the economics underlying the exercise of public power are not a part of the discussion on legitimacy, the task of engaging legitimacy is both incomplete and could be read as an endorsement rather than an inquiry of hegemonic and other interests related to legitimacy concerns.

Keywords: International Law, Legitimacy, Colonialism, Markets

Suggested Citation

Gathii, James Thuo, Rejoinder: Twailing International Law. Michigan Law Review, Vol. 98, p. 2066, 2000, Available at SSRN:

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