This concluding chapter synthesizes the findings from the case studies to substantiate the claim that argumentation influences international politics through a diffuse discursive process. It elaborates on the convergence between legal argumentation and deliberative politics. It recaps the thesis that the discursive process can only be understood by considering the role of interpretive communities, whose power comes from the reputational costs they can extract, while also setting the parameters for constructive dialogue about incremental extensions of existing legal regimes. The judgment and dialogue occurs in many settings, but it is most concentrated in international organizations (IOs). A theme highlighted in the chapter is that the operational and discursive practices of IOs are a new source of international law.
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