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Power and Law in International Society: International Relations as the Sociology of International Law
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5935-0676
2015 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When studying international law, there is often a risk of focusing entirely on the content of international rules (i.e. regimes), and ignoring why these regimes exist and to what extent the rules affect state behavior. Similarly, international relations studies can focus so much on theories based on the distribution of power among states that it overlooks the existence and relevance of the rules of international law. Both approaches hold their dangers. The overlooking of international relations risks assuming that states actually follow international law, and discounting the specific rules of international law makes it difficult for readers to understand the impact of the rules in more than a superficial manner. This book unifies international law and international relations by exploring how international law and its institutions may be relevant and how it influences the course of international relations in international trade, protection ofthe environment, human rights, international criminal justice and the use of force.

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Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2015. , 182 p.
, Routledge Research in International Law
Keyword [en]
Sociology of international law, Regime, WTO, Environment, International Criminal Justice, Use of force, Legalization, Reciprocity
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Public International Law; Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253432ISBN: 978-1-138-80460-9ISBN: 978-1-315-75209-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253432DiVA: diva2:814539
Available from: 2015-05-27 Created: 2015-05-27 Last updated: 2015-06-01Bibliographically approved

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