International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches [2 ed.] 1107065267, 9781107065260

In International Law and World Order, B. S. Chimni articulates an integrated Marxist approach to international law (IMAI

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International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches [2 ed.]
 1107065267, 9781107065260

Table of contents :
Title page
Copyright information
Table of contents
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgments to the first edition
Foreword to the first edition
1 Introduction
I. Objectives
II. Fields of Origin and Reception
III. Omission of Positivist Approach: Reasons and Sketch
V. A Word on Marxism and Socialist Feminism
VI. Uses and Limits of Postcolonial Theory
VII. Meaning of World Order: Integrating Five Logics
VIII. Final Words on Form and Content
2 The Classical Realist Approach to International Law: The World of Hans Morgenthau
I. Introduction
II. The Realist Theory of International Politics
III. The Realism of Realism
A. On Human Nature
B. On Autonomy of the Political Sphere
C. On Power, National Interest and State
D. On Imperialism
IV. The Realist Theory of International Law
A. The Logic of Capital and International Law
B. International Law as Primitive Law
C. Rules, Interpretation and World Politics
V. International Morality, International Law and International Politics
VI. World Community, World State and International Law
VII. Classical Realism and the IR-IL Approach
VIII. Conclusion
3 The Policy-Oriented or New Haven Approach to International...
I. Introduction
II. Conception of Law and Function of Rules
A. Critique of Political Realism
B. Critique of Positivism
C. Critique of American Legal Realism
D. Summing Up: Relationship of Law and Policy
III. Indeterminacy of Rules: Semantic and Structural Sources
A. Semantic Indeterminacy
B. Critique of VCLT
C. Words Possess Ordinary Meaning: Function of a Sentence
D. Words Possess Ordinary Meaning: Use Theory of Meaning
E. Structural Indeterminacy
IV. The Intellectual Tasks of Jurisprudence
A. The Observational Standpoint
B. Clarification of Goal Values
C. Description of Past Trends
D. Identification of Conditioning Factors
E. Projection of Future Trends
F. The Invention and Evaluation of Alternatives
V. The Process of Decision Making
A. Participants
B. Perspectives
C. Base Values – Strategies
D. Outcomes
E. Summing Up
VI. Testing the Jurisprudence: Legal Regulation of International Coercion
VII. Conclusion
4 Richard Falk and the Grotian Quest: Towards a Transdisciplinary Jurisprudence
I. Introduction
II. Legal Theory: The Intermediate View
A. On Basis of International Law
B. On Indeterminacy of Rules
III. Towards a Just World Order: Diagnosis
A. Problem of Statism and States System
B. Industrial Civilization and the Ecological Crisis
IV. Towards a Just World Order: Transition
A. Reform from above: 1970–1985
B. Reform from below: 1985–1999
C. New Internationalism and Legitimacy Struggles (1999–2015)
V. The Transition Process and International Law
A. Reimagining the World Court
B. Role of Global Civil Society
C. International Law and Legitimacy Struggles
VI. The Third World and International Law
A. Early Years
B. Later Years
C. On Sovereignty and Equality of States
VII. Conclusion
5 New Approaches to International Law: The Critical Scholarship of David Kennedy and Martti Koskenniemi
I. Introduction
II. Beginnings: Commonalities
III. Seeing Like Kennedy: The Internal View
A. The Idea of Internal Critique
B. Towards Internal History
C. Rule of Experts: First Take
D. On Law and Political Economy
E. Rule of Experts: Take Two
F. On Law and War
G. On Human Rights
H. On Governance Humanitarianism
I. Contribution to International Law Scholarship
J. Kennedy and Others
K. Conclusion
IV. Writing like Koskenniemi: Flair and Imagination
A. The Essentials: Theses on International Law
B. The Turn to History
C. From Structure to History
D. Towards a Grand Narrative?
E. European International Lawyers, Colonialism and Cosmopolitan Vision
F. Search for Autochthonous Histories
G. The Turn to Culture of Formalism
H. Comparing and Contrasting
I. TWAIL and ‘Culture of Formalism’
J. MAIL and ‘Culture of Formalism’
K. FtAIL and ‘Culture of Formalism’
L. The Missing Indigenous Peoples
M. MILS and ‘Culture of Formalism’
V. Conclusion
6 Feminist Approaches to International Law: The Work of Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin
I. Introduction
II. Delayed Beginnings: Impact of Cold War
III. Different Approaches to Feminism
A. Radical Feminism
B. Critical Legal Feminism
C. Postcolonial and Third World Feminism
D. Liberal (Eclectic) Feminism of Charlesworth and Chinkin
E. Towards Socialist Feminism
IV. Liberal (Eclectic) Feminism and International Law
A. The Structural Critique
B. On State
C. On International Law-Making
D. On Women’s Rights
E. On Use of Force
F. On Peace Building
G. Missing International Economic Law
H. On International Institutions
I. Limits of Liberal Reforms
V. Conclusion
7 Towards an Integrated Marxist Approach to International Law (IMAIL)
I. Introduction
II. One Theory, Two Others and Five Logics
III. Towards a Marxist Theory of Law
A. On Base and Superstructure
B. The Views of Karl Renner
C. E. P. Thompson and Rule of Law
D. The Relative Autonomy of Law: Meaning and Limits
E. The Relative Autonomy of International Law: Complicating the Picture
IV. The Commodity Form Theory of Law
V. The Commodity Form Theory of International Law
A. Pashukanis on International Law
B. Miéville and Pashukanis
VI. A Materialist History of International Law (1600–1985): A Sketch
A. Old Colonialism: 1500–1760
B. New Colonialism: 1760–1875
C. Imperialism: 1875–1945
D. Neocolonialism: 1945–1985
VII. Nature and Character of Contemporary International Law: The Era of Global Imperialism (1985–)
A. Integrating Class, Gender, Race
B. Integrating ‘Logic of Territory’
C. Key Features of Global Imperialism
D. Reform or Revolution
E. International Rule of Law
VIII. Towards an IMAIL Theory of Interpretation
A. The Limits of Indeterminacy
B. Gadamer on Legal Hermeneutics
C. Wittgenstein, Gadamer and Habermas
D. Final Reflections
IX. IMAIL and Human Rights
X. Alternative Futures

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