International Legal Positivism in a Post-Modern World provides fresh perspectives on one of the most important and most controversial families of theoretical approaches to the study and practice of international law. The contributors include leading experts on international legal theory who analyse and criticise positivism as a conceptual framework for international law, explore its relationships with other approaches and apply it to current problems of international law. Is legal positivism relevant to the theory and practice of international law today? Have other answers to the problems of international law and the critique of positivism undermined the positivist project and its narratives? Do modern forms of positivism, inspired largely by the theoretically sophisticated jurisprudential concepts associated with Hans Kelsen and H. L. A. Hart, remain of any relevance for the international lawyer in this 'post-modern' age? The authors provide a wide variety of views and a stimulating debate about this family of approaches.
Jorg Kammerhofer is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Freiburg, Germany. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Austria. Jean d'Aspremont holds the Chair of Public International Law at the University of Manchester. He is also Professor of International Legal Theory at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1. Introduction: the future of international legal positivism Jean d'Aspremont and Jorg Kammerhofer; Part I. Theorising International Legal Positivism: 2. Classical positivism in international law revisited Richard Collins; 3. German intellectual historical origins of international legal positivism Jochen von Bernstorff; 4. Hans Kelsen in today's international legal scholarship Jorg Kammerhofer; 5. Herbert Hart in today's international legal scholarship Jean d'Aspremont; 6. Beyond Kelsen and Hart Alexander Somek; 7. Post-modern perspectives on orthodox positivism Ingo Venzke; Part II. Relating International Legal Positivism: 8. International legal positivism and modern natural law Patrick Capps; 9. International legal positivism and legal realism Jeremy Telman; 10. International legal positivism and constitutionalism Jan Klabbers; 11. International legal positivism and new approaches to international law Sahib Singh; Part III. Using International Legal Positivism: 12. Interpretation Gleider Hernandez; 13. Teaching general public international law Florian Hoffmann; 14. International law in domestic and supranational settings Beatrice Bonafe; 15. Transnational governance regimes Dennis Patterson; 16. Human rights from a neo-voluntarist perspective Theodore Christakis; 17. International criminal law Dov Jacobs; 18. International humanitarian law Yael Ronen; 19. Use of force Christian Tams and Antonios Tzanakopoulos.
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