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International Law as Social Construct: The Struggle for Global Justice

Carlo Focarelli


The book distils and articulates international law as a social construct. It does so by analysing its social foundations, essence, and roots in practical and socially workable (as opposed to ‘pure’) reason. In addition to well-known doctrines of jurisprudence and international law, it draws upon psycho-analytic insights into the origins and nature of law, as well as philosophical social constructivism. The work suggests that seeing law as a social construct is crucial to our understanding of international law and to the struggle to create better working rules. The book re-conceptualizes both p ... More

Keywords: international law, social construct, social foundations, social constructivism, stakeholders, normative fragmentation, global justice, legitimacy, hierarchization of norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlo Focarelli, author
Professor of International Law, University of Perugia

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