International Law Theories: An Inquiry into Different Ways of Thinking

Paperback | December 10, 2016

byAndrea 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!"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 otherdisciplines 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 thepresuppositions 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.

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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 sw...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pagesPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198725124

ISBN - 13:9780198725121

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Traditional Approaches2. Constitutionalism3. Marxism4. The New Haven School and Policy-oriented Jurisprudence5. International Relations Theory6. Social Science Methodology7. Critical Legal Studies8. Helsinki School9. Feminist Approaches10. 'Third World' Approaches11. Legal Pluralism12. Social Idealism13. Law and Economics14. Law and Literature