Non-Legality in International Law: Unruly Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

Non-Legality in International Law: Unruly Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

By: Fleur Johns (author)Hardback

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International lawyers typically start with the legal. What is a legal as opposed to a political question? How should international law adapt to the unforeseen? These are the routes by which international lawyers typically reason. This book begins, instead, with the non-legal. In a series of case studies, Fleur Johns examines what international lawyers cast outside or against law - as extra-legal, illegal, pre-legal or otherwise non-legal - and how this comes to shape political possibility. Non-legality is not merely the remainder of regulatory action. It is a key structuring device of contemporary global order. Constructions of non-legality are pivotal to debate in areas ranging from torture to foreign investment and from climate change to natural disaster relief. Understandings of non-legality inform what international lawyers today do and what they refrain from doing. Tracing and potentially reimagining the non-legal in international legal work is, accordingly, both vital and pressing.

About Author

Fleur Johns is an Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law.


1. Making non-legalities in international law; 2. Illegality and the torture memos; 3. Black holes and the outside within: extra-legality at Guantanamo; 4. Doing deals: pre- and post-legal choice in transnational financing; 5. Receiving climate change: law, science and supra-legality; 6. Death, disaster and infra-legality in international law; Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107014015
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 282
  • ID: 9781107014015
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1107014018

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