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The Dynamics of International Law in a Globalised World

Cosmopolitan Values, Constructive Consent and Diversity of Legal Cultures

Matthias Herdegen

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Matthias Herdegen, The Dynamics of International Law in a Globalised World (2016), Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN: 9783465142911

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Beschreibung / Abstract

In the process of globalisation, international law plays a crucial and ambivalent role. It is one of the driving forces behind the integration of markets, expanding standards of human rights and good governance as well as mechanisms for international peace and security. International law also responds to a globalised world which catalyses not only universal ethics, but also the global spread of risks to political and economic stability. "Evolutive interpretation" of international agreements affects traditional concepts of sovereignty and democratic legitimacy. It enhances the power of technocratic elites. At the same time, we witness an intensive interplay between the different sectors of international law; new layers of 'hard' and 'soft' normativity as well as intriguing forms of legal pluralism.


  • Front Cover
  • Impressum
  • W. Gephart: Towards a Sociology of International Law
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • I. The Interplay between International Law and 'Globalisation'
  • II. The Forces behind the Dynamics of International Law
  • III. Global Morality, Cosmopolitical Commemoration and Interpretation of Experiences
  • IV. New Structures of Rule-Making
  • V. Disaggregation of the State
  • VI. Layers of Normativity: Ethics, 'Soft Law' and 'Hard Law'
  • VII. The Look behind the Veil of Sovereignty: Standards of Governance
  • VIII. Human Rights in a Globalised World
  • IX. Standards of Rationality
  • X. The Changing Role of the State
  • XI. The Role of Private Actors
  • XII. Climate, Water, Biodiversity and Beyond
  • XIII. Legal Pluralism
  • XIV. Human Rights as a Platform for Cultural Diversity
  • XV. Law as Culture and the Application of International Rules
  • XVI. Democratic Dilemmas: Views from Within and from Without
  • XVII. Diversity
  • XVIII. Moral Views and Other Perceptions Rooted in Culture
  • XIX. Social and Distributive Justice
  • XX. Developing Countries
  • XXI. The UN Charter
  • XXII. Concluding Remarks
  • References
  • Index

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