International Law Theories: An Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking

International Law Theories: An Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking

by Andrea Bianchi


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Two fish are swimming in a pond. 'Do you know what?' the fish asks his friend. 'No, tell me.' 'I was talking to a frog the other day. And he told me that we are surrounded by water!' His friend looks at him with great scepticism: 'Water? What's that? Show me some water!'

International lawyers often find themselves focused on the practice of the law rather than the underlying theories. This book is an attempt to stir up 'the water' that international lawyers swim in. It analyses a range of theoretical approaches to international law and invites readers to engage with different ways of legal thinking in order to familiarize themselves with the water all around us, of which we hardly have any perception.

The main aim of this book is to provide interested scholars, practitioners, and students of international law and other disciplines with an introduction to various international legal theories, their genealogies, and possible critiques. By providing an analytical approach to international legal theory, the book encourages readers to enhance their sensitivity to these different approaches and to consider how the presuppositions behind each theory affect analysis, research, and practice in international law. International Law Theories is intended to assist students, scholars, and practitioners in reflecting more generally about how knowledge is formed in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198725121
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,241,499
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrea Bianchi, Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

Andrea Bianchi is Professor of International Law and Head of the International Law Department at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Previously, he was a Professor at the Catholic University, Milan, Associate Professor at the University of Parma and Professorial Lecturer in International Law at the Bologna Centre of Johns Hopkins University. He has researched and published extensively on various aspects of public international law, with a particular emphasis on theoretical and methodological issues.

Table of Contents

I. Traditional Approaches
II. Constitutionalism
III. Marxism
IV. The New Haven School and Policy-oriented Jurisprudence
V. International Relations Theory
VI. Social Science Methodology
VII. Critical Legal Studies
VIII. Helsinki School
IX. Feminist Approaches
X. 'Third World' Approaches
XI. Legal Pluralism
XII. Social Idealism
XIII. Law and Economics
XIV. Law and Literature

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