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Is International Law International?$
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Anthea Roberts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190696412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190696412.001.0001

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Comparing International Law Academics

Comparing International Law Academics

(p.51) 3 Comparing International Law Academics
Is International Law International?

Anthea Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies and explores some of the nationalizing, denationalizing, and westernizing influences that reflect and reinforce the divisible college of international lawyers. Part I focuses on transnational flows of student and materials, which provide a template for understanding some of the asymmetries that characterize the field. Students are more likely to move from peripheral and semiperipheral states toward core states, and from non-Western states to Western ones, than the reverse. Legal concepts and materials, like textbooks and case law, are more likely to move from core states to peripheral and semiperipheral ones, and from Western states to non-Western ones, than vice versa. Parts II, III, and IV then look at how the educational profiles of international law academics in different states, their publication placements, and their connections to practice reflect and reinforce certain forms of difference and dominance that help to structure international law as a transnational legal field.

Keywords:   Nationalizing, denationalizing, westernizing, transnational flows, asymmetry, education, practice, publication, core, periphery

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