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International Law and the Third World

Reshaping Justice, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard Falk, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Jacqueline Stevens


278 pages

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This volume is devoted to critically exploring the past, present and future relevance of international law to the priorities of the countries, peoples and regions of the South. Within the limits of space it has tried to be comprehensive in scope and representative in perspective and participation.

The contributions are grouped into three clusters to give some sense of coherence to the overall theme: articles by Baxi, Anghie, Falk, Stevens and Rajagopal on general issues bearing on the interplay between international law and world order; articles highlighting regional experience by An-Na’im, Okafor, Obregon and Shalakany; and articles on substantive perspectives by Mgbeoji, Nesiah, Said, Elver, King-Irani, Chinkin, Charlesworth and Gathii. This collective effort gives an illuminating account of the unifying themes, while at the same time exhibiting the wide diversity of concerns and approaches.

Table of Contents

1. Reshaping Justice: International Law and the Third World: An Introduction Richard Falk, Balakrishnan Rajagopal and Jacqueline Stevens 2. What may the 'Third World' Expect from International Law? Upendra Baxi 3. International Law and the Future Richard Falk 4. The Evolution of International Law: Colonial and Postcolonial Realities Antony Anghie 5. Recreating the State Jacqueline Stevens 6. Counter-hegemonic International Law: Rethinking Human Rights and Development as a Third World Strategy Balakrishnan Rajagopal 7. Why should Muslims Abandon Jihad?: Human Rights and the Future of International Law Abdullahi Ahmed An-na'im 8. Poverty, Agency and Resistance in the Future of International Law: An African Perspective Obiora Chinedu Okafor 9. Between Civilisation and Barbarism: Creole Interventions in International Law Liliana Obregon 10. 'I Heard it All Before' Egyptian Tales of Law and Development Amr Shalakany 11. The Civilised Self and the Barbaric Other: Imperial Delusions of Order and the Challenges of Human Security Ikechi Mgbeoji 12. Political Asylum and Torture: A Comparative Analysis Wadie E. Said 13. International Environmental Law, Water and the Future Hilal Elver 14. Resistance in the Age of Empire: Occupied Discourse Pending Investigation Vasuki Nesiah 15. Exiled to a Liminal Legal Zone: Are we all Palestinians now? Laurie King-Irani 16. Building Women into Peace: The International Legal Framework Christine Chinkin and Hilary Charlesworth 17. Third World Approaches to International Economic Governance James Thuo Gathii

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General