Theory and Philosophy of International Law

Theory and Philosophy of International Law

by Andrea Bianchi (Editor)


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This research collection offers a comprehensive view of the most notable contributions to the theory and philosophy of international law. In the first volume a number of philosophical inquiries have been selected, alongside contributions offering general theoretical insight into international law. The purpose is to identify general themes of discussion, such as the nature and functioning of international law, and to illustrate how philosophers and international law scholars tackle them in their respective fields of inquiry. In the second volume, the kaleidoscope of different contemporary theories and approaches to international law is presented. The collection is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in philosophical and theoretical investigations in international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784717698
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2017
Series: International Law Series , #16
Pages: 1568
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 6.62(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Andrea Bianchi, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Table of Contents


Volume I


On Asking Questions Andrea Bianchi


1. Ronald Dworkin (2013), ‘A New Philosophy for International Law’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 41 (1), Winter, 2–30

2. Allen Buchanan and David Golove (2002), ‘Philosophy of International Law’, in Jules L. Coleman, Kenneth Einar Himma and Scott S. Shapiro (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law, Chapter 21, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 868–934

3. John Tasioulas (2013), ‘Human Rights, Legitimacy, and International Law’ American Journal of Jurisprudence, 58 (1), June, 1–25

4. Richard Rorty (1998), ‘Human Rights, Rationality and Sentimentality’, in Richard Rorty (ed.), Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3, Part 2, Chapter 9, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 167–85

5. Thomas Nagel (2005), ‘The Problem of Global Justice’, Philosophy and Public Affairs, 33 (2), March, 113–47

6. Jeremy Waldron (2013), ‘International Law: ‘A Relatively Small and Unimportant’ Part of Jurisprudence?’, in Luis Duarte d’Almeida, James Edwards and Andrea Dolcetti (eds), Reading HLA Hart’s The Concept of Law, Part 1, Chapter 10, Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 209–23


7. Edward Dumbauld (1935), ‘The Place of Philosophy in International Law’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 83 (5), March, 590–606

8. H. Lauterpacht (1946), ‘The Grotian Tradition in International Law’, British Yearbook of International Law, 23, 1–53

9. G. G. Fitzmaurice (1956), ‘The Foundations of the Authority of International Law and the Problem of Enforcement’, Modern Law Review, 19 (1), January, 1–13

10. Samantha Besson (2009), ‘The Authority of International Law – Lifting the State Veil’, Sydney Law Review, 31, 343–80

11. Emmanuelle Jouannet (2008), ‘What is the Use of International Law? International Law as a 21st Century Guardian of Welfare’, Michigan Journal of International Law, 28 (4), Summer, 815–62

12. Steven Ratner (2013), ‘Ethics and International Law: Integrating the Global Justice Project(s)’, International Theory, 5 (1), March, 1–34

13. David Kennedy (2000), ‘When Renewal Repeats: Thinking Against the Box’, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, 32, 335–500

14. Martti Koskenniemi (2007), ‘The Fate of Public International Law: Between Technique and Politics’, Modern Law Review, 70 (1), January, 1–30

15. Gerry Simpson (1999), ‘On the Magic Mountain: Teaching International Law’, European Journal of International Law, 10 (1), 70–92

16. Anne Orford (2004), ‘The Destiny of International Law’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 17 (3), September, 441–76

17. Barbara Stark (2010), ‘Jam Tomorrow: Distributive Justice and the Limits of International Economic Law’, Boston College Third World Law Journal, 30, 3–34

18. Thomas Franck (1988), ‘Legitimacy in the International System’, American Journal of International Law, 82 (4), October, 705–59

19. Fernando R. Tesón (1992), ‘The Kantian Theory of International Law’, Columbia Law Review, 92 (1), January, 53–102

Volume II



1. Iain Scobbie (2014), ‘A View of Delft: Some Thoughts About Thinking About International Law’, in M. Evans (ed) International Law, 4th Edition, Part 1, Chapter 3, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 53–89

2. Andrea Bianchi (2012), ‘Reflexive Butterfly Catching: Insights from a Situated Catcher’, in Joost Pauwelyn, Ramses Wesssel and Jan Wouters (eds), Informal International Lawmaking, Part II, Chapter 9, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 200–215


3. Anne Peters (2006), ‘Compensatory Constitutionalism: The Function and Potential of Fundamental International Norms and Structures’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 19 (3), October, 579–610

4. Nico Krisch and Benedict Kingsbury (2006), ‘Introduction: Global Governance and Global Administrative Law in the International Legal Order’, European Journal of International Law, 17 (1), February, 1–13

5. Myres S. McDougal, Harold D. Lasswell and Michael W. Reisman (1968), ‘Theories about International Law: Prologue to a Configurative Jurisprudence’, Virginia Journal of International Law, 8 (2), 188–299

6. Harold Hongju Koh (1996), ‘Transnational Legal Process’, Nebraska Law Review: The 1994 Roscoe Pound Lecture, 75 (1), 181–207

7. Andreas Fischer–Lescano and Gunther Teubner (2004), ‘Regime–Collisions: The Vain Search for Legal Unity in the Fragmentation of Global Law’ Michigan Journal of International Law, 25, 999–1046

8. Paul Schiff Berman (2007), ‘A Pluralist Approach to International Law’, Yale Journal of International Law, 32, 301–29

9. Philip Allott (1999), ‘The Concept of International Law’, European Journal of International Law, 10 (1), 31–50


10. Susan Marks (2008), ‘Introduction’ in Susan Marks (ed) International Law on the Left: Re-examining Marxist Legacies, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1–29

11. David Kennedy (1988), ‘A New Stream of International Law Scholarship’, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 7 (1), 1–49

12. Martti Koskenniemi (2009), ‘The Politics of International Law – 20 Years Later’, European Journal of International Law, 20 (1), February, 7–19

13. Antony Anghie (2006), ‘The Evolution of International Law: Colonial and Postcolonial Realities’, Third World Quarterly, 27 (5), 739–53

14. Luis Eslava and Sundhya Pahuja (2012), ‘Beyond the (Post)Colonial: TWAIL and the Everyday Life of International Law’, Journal of Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America – Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ), 45 (2), 195–221

15. Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin and Shelley Wright (1991), ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law’, American Journal of International Law, 85 (4), October, 613–45


16. Anne–Marie Slaughter Burley (1993), ‘International Law and International Relations Theory: A Dual Agenda’, American Journal of International Law, 87 (2), April, 205–239

17. Jutta Brunnée and Stephen Toope (2000), ‘International Law and Constructivism: Elements of an Interactional Theory of International Law’, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 39, 19–74

18. Gregory Shaffer and Tom Ginsburg (2012), ‘The Empirical Turn in International Legal Scholarship’, American Journal of International Law, 106 (1), January, 1–46

19. Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Joel P. Trachtman (1999), ‘Economic Analysis of International Law’, Yale Journal of International Law, 24, Winter, 1–59

20. Andrea Bianchi (2011), ‘Terrorism and Armed Conflicts: Insights from a Law and Literature Perspective’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 24 (1), March, 1–21


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