Invitation to the Sociology of International Law

Hardcover | December 5, 2015

byMoshe Hirsch

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Invitation to the Sociology of International Law aims to cast light on the under-explored sociological dimension of international law. The book emphasizes that international legal rules are profoundly embedded in diverse social factors and processes, such as norms, identity, and collectivememory. Thus, international law often reflects and affects societal factors and processes in state societies and in the international community. The book exposes some central tenets of the sociological perspective and its core theoretical approaches, and presents a sociological analysis of severalsignificant topics in present-day international law.The volume surveys subjects such as compliance, international economic law, legal fragmentation, law-making, and the impartiality of adjudicators, and reveals that a sociological analysis of international law enriches our understanding of social factors involved in the formation, evolution, andimplementation of the law. Such analysis may not only explain past and present trends in international law but also bears significant implications for the interpretation of existing legal provisions, as well as suggesting better legal mechanisms for coping with contemporary challenges.In light of the underlying interrelationships between international law and other social factors, this book invites international law specialists to analyse international legal rules in their wider social context and to incorporate sociological tools into mainstream international lawscholarship.

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Invitation to the Sociology of International Law aims to cast light on the under-explored sociological dimension of international law. The book emphasizes that international legal rules are profoundly embedded in diverse social factors and processes, such as norms, identity, and collectivememory. Thus, international law often reflects ...

Moshe Hirsch is the Von Hofmannsthal Chair in International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in international economic law and international legal theory, with a particular emphasis on the sociology of international law. A significant part of his work involves interdisciplinary research that employs sociologica...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:December 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199688117

ISBN - 13:9780199688111

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Sociological Dimension of International Law2. Sociological Theories: Regional and Global Trade Agreements3. Collective Memory and International Law4. Social Identity, International Groups, and International Law5. Diffusion of Norms and its Limits: Socio-Legal Fragmentation, Investment Tribunals, and Human Rights Law6. Deviance and Conformity with International Law7. Conclusions