Strategically-Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law 113)

Strategically-Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law 113)

By: Surabhi Ranganathan (author)Hardback

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Treaty conflicts are not merely the contingent or inadvertent by-products of the increasing juridification of international relations. In several instances, states have deliberately created treaty conflicts in order to catalyse changes in multilateral regimes. Surabhi Ranganathan uses such conflicts as context to explore the role of international law, in legal thought and practice. Her examinations of the International Law Commission's work on treaties and of various scholars' proposals on institutional action, offer a fresh view of 'mainstream' legal thought. They locate, in a variety of writings, a common faith in international legal discourse, built on liberal and constructivist assumptions. Ranganathan's three rich studies of treaty conflict, relating to the areas of seabed mining, the International Criminal Court, and nuclear governance, furnish a textured account of the specific forms and practices that constitute such a legal discourse and permit a grounded understanding of the interactions that shape international law.

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Surabhi Ranganathan is a Junior Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and at King's College, Cambridge, as well as an Affiliate Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Law. She is the Assistant Editor of The Cambridge Companion to International Law (2012, edited by James Crawford and Martti Koskenniemi) and Assistant Editor of the British Yearbook for International Law.


Foreword James Crawford; Part I. Introduction: 1. Strategically created treaty conflicts; Part II. International Law Thought: 2. Writing the 'principle of political decision' into the law of treaties; 3. The idea of effective implementation of treaties; Part III. Treaty Conflicts in Practice: 4. Notions of ocean: the dispute over deep seabed mining; 5. Courting the United States? The International Criminal Court and Article 98 Agreements; 6. Fissions in the nuclear order: the India-US nuclear deal and the nuclear governance regime; Part IV. Conclusion: 7. The politics of international law; Appendices.

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  • publication date: 10/12/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107043305
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 484
  • ID: 9781107043305
  • weight: 810
  • ISBN10: 1107043301

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