International Law 11/6/2012 12:02:00 PM
Int'l Law: The institution
What is an institution?
o Constitutional Institutions (ex. Sovereignty)
o Fundamental institutions (ex. Multilateralism)
Int'l law is an institution rooted in 1century to the present political thought.
o Early modern Europe
Law is divinely ordained
o Popular sovereignty
o The effect?
Law=less about fealty now derived from reciprocal accord
Characteristics of Modern Int'l law
o General principles of law
o Legal scholarship
Recent Changes in Int'l Law
4 ways in which int'l law facilitates an int'l order of states
o states are its primary subjects, with rights and obligations
o states are the primary agents of int'l law
o int'l law is concerned with the regulation of interstate relations
o int'l law is confined to order, it’s not about justice
o Individuals, groups, and orgs are increasing