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The Politics of International Law

The Politics of International Law (1st edn)

Nicole Scicluna
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date: 16 August 2022

p. 31614. The politics of international law

Continuity and changelocked

p. 31614. The politics of international law

Continuity and changelocked

  • Nicole Scicluna


This chapter draws together the key themes of this book, using contemporary debates over the nature and future of international order, and explores likely sources of continuity and change in the politics of international law. It begins by expanding on the concept of international order and, more specifically, the so-called liberal international order that has framed international politics in the postwar period. The chapter asks whether and why the liberal international order is in crisis and how it is likely to evolve. It then turns to the rise of non-Western powers, a phenomenon that many observers have argued is contributing to the crisis of the current order. The focus is on what the changing balance of material power may reveal about the present and future of international law. Finally, the chapter offers some tentative conclusions about the politics of international law two decades into the twenty-first century.

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