International Law Theories: An Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking

ISBN : 9780198725121

Andrea Bianchi
352 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2016
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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!" This book is an attempt to stir up 'the water' the two fish are swimming in. It analyses the different theoretical approaches to international law and invites readers to engage with legal thinking in order to familiarize ourselves with the water all around us, of which we hardly have any perception. International lawyers and students of international law often find themselves focused on the practice of the law rather than the underlying theory. The main aim of this book is to provide interested scholars, practitioners, graduate, and postgraduate students in international law and other disciplines with an introduction to various international legal theories, their genealogies, and critique. By providing an analytical approach to international legal theory, the book encourages readers to sharpen their sensitivity to these different methodologies and to consider how the presuppositions behind each theory affect analysis, research, and practice in international law. Theories of International Law is intended to assist students, scholars, and practitioners in reflecting more generally how knowledge is formed in the field.


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

About the author: 

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.

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