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‘Law’ in International Law Research

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  • Wed 25 Nov 2020 14.30 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-11-25 14:30 2020-11-25 17:00 Europe/Paris ‘Law’ in International Law Research

It seems obvious: international lawyers work on international law. But upon closer analysis, international legal scholarship reveals a broad array of conceptions of what ‘law’ in international law means. This intensive course explores three broad categories of understandings of law in international law, and the many variances within those categories: (1) a formalist understanding: law as an institutionalised rule-based system established by those with the authority to make law; (2) a substantive understanding: law as a system of principles, claims, and obligations (3) an anthropological/sociological understanding: rules by which actors abide in social interactions. In this seminar we will focus on two specific areas of international law (peacemaking and rights framing) to identify different conceptions of law and to analyse how these understandings relate to each other or talk past each other. A more nuanced appreciation of these different understandings will both help international legal researchers situate their own work, and better explain it to others.

Outside EUI premises - ZOOM DD/MM/YYYY
  Outside EUI premises - ZOOM

It seems obvious: international lawyers work on international law. But upon closer analysis, international legal scholarship reveals a broad array of conceptions of what ‘law’ in international law means. This intensive course explores three broad categories of understandings of law in international law, and the many variances within those categories: (1) a formalist understanding: law as an institutionalised rule-based system established by those with the authority to make law; (2) a substantive understanding: law as a system of principles, claims, and obligations (3) an anthropological/sociological understanding: rules by which actors abide in social interactions. In this seminar we will focus on two specific areas of international law (peacemaking and rights framing) to identify different conceptions of law and to analyse how these understandings relate to each other or talk past each other. A more nuanced appreciation of these different understandings will both help international legal researchers situate their own work, and better explain it to others.


Location:
Outside EUI premises - ZOOM

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Seminar

Speaker:
Professor Neha Jain (EUI)

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