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International Law in a Multipolar World

1st Edition

Edited by Matthew Happold


352 pages

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Since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, international law has sought to configure itself as a universal system. Yet, despite the best efforts of international institutions, scholars and others to assert the

universal application of international law, its relevance and applicability has been influenced, if not directed, by political power.Today, the "decline of the West" and ascent of China and India poseparticular challenges for international law and institutions. The international system appears to be moving towards multipolarity, with various sites of power competing to exert influence in the world today.

With contributors from a variety of countries providing perspectives from the disciplines of international law and international relations theory, International Law in a Multipolar World addresses the implications that multipolarity poses for the international legal system. Contributors including Jean d'Aspremont, Jörg Kammerhofer, Alexander Orakhelashvili, Christian Pippan and Nigel White, explore issues such as the use of force, governance and democracy, regionalism and the relevance of the United Nations in a multipolar world, while considering the overarching theme of the relationship between power and law.

International Law in a Multipolar World is of particular interest to academics and students of public international law, international relations theory and international politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Matthew Happold 1. The Security Council, the Security Imperative and International Law, Nigel D. White 2. Ascertaining Inchoate Threats to International Peace and Security, Isobel Roele 3. Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the UN Security Council in a Multipolar World: Can International Law Protect States from the Security Council?, Daniel H. Joyner 4. Using Force in International Affairs: the Role of International Law in Contemporary International Politics, Dominika Švarc 5. Russia and the Competing Spheres of Influence: the Case of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, James Summers 6. Hegemony, Multipolarity and the System of International Law, Alexander Orakhelashvili 7. Orthodox Generalists and Political Activists in International Legal Scholarship, Jörg Kammerhofer 8. Basic Rights and Global Justice: The Problem of International Coercion, Silviya Lechner 9. The Duality of the Legitimacy of Global Actors in the International Legal Order, Jean D'Aspremont and Eric de Brabandere10. Democracy as a Global Norm: Has It Finally Emerged?, Christian Pippin 11. International Law and East Asia's Regional Order: The Strengthening of a Fundamental Institution, Pablo Pareja-Alcaraz 12. Post-Soviet States and International Law in a Multipolar World, Rima Tkatova 13. Universality, the UN and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference: Single, Complementary, or Competing Legal Orders?, Katja Samuel 14. The Development of Self-Contained Regimes as an Obstacle to UN Global Governance, Carmen Draghici 15. The Relationship between Community Law and International Law after Kadi: Did the ECJ Slam the Door on ‘Effective Multilateralism?, Aurel Sari

About the Editor

Matthew Happold is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Luxembourg

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
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy