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Critical International LawPostrealism, Postcolonialism, and Transnationalism$
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Prabhakar Singh and Benoît Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450633.001.0001

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Thinking International Law Critically One Attitude, Three Perspectives

(p.1) Introduction
Critical International Law
Prabhakar Singh, Benoît Mayer
Oxford University Press

The introduction describes critical international law as an attempt at addressing the paradoxes that plague international law as a discipline. Accordingly, three broad trends have been identified and discussed. Postrealism addresses the tensions between international law and international politics. Postcolonialism focuses on the reception of international law by decolonized nations. Transnationalism appreciates the role of private and non-state actors in the global governance project. Though critical international law used a variety of methods, is united nonetheless by an attitude, that of addressing paradoxes.

Keywords:   international law, paradoxes, postrealism, postcolonialism, transnationalism

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