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International Law as a Profession

Jean d'Aspremont, Tarcisio Gazzini, André Nollkaemper, Wouter Werner, Martti Koskenniemi, Richard Collins, Alexandra Bohm, Anne Orford, Anne Peters, Gleider Hernández, Akbar Rasulov, Jochen von Bernstorff, John Haskell, Samantha Besson, Tanja Aalberts, Ingo Venzke, Sara Dezalay, Yves Dezalay, James Crawford, Matthew Windsor, René Uruena, Pierre d'Argent
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316506011

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  • International law is not merely a set of rules or processes, but is a professional activity practised by a diversity of figures, including scholars, judges, counsel, teachers, legal advisers and activists. Individuals may, in different contexts, play more than one of these roles, and the interactions between them are illuminating of the nature of international law itself. This collection of innovative, multidisciplinary and self-reflective essays reveals a bilateral process whereby, on the one hand, the professionalisation of international law informs discourses about the law, and, on the other hand, discourses about the law inform the professionalisation of the discipline. Intended to promote a dialogue between practice and scholarship, this book is a must-read for all those engaged in the profession of international law.

    • A series of self-reflective essays on international law as a profession, which demonstrate to law professionals how the understanding of international law is connected to their profession
    • Offers a new approach to international law, namely one that allows an understanding of international law not only as a body of rules but also as a professional activity
    • Includes multidisciplinary research to enable international lawyers to reach out to other disciplines
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316506011
    • length: 469 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jean d'Aspremont, Tarcisio Gazzini, André Nollkaemper and Wouter Werner
    Part I. Thinking of International Law as a Professional Practice:
    1. The professionalisation of international law Jean d'Aspremont
    2. Between commitment and cynicism: outline for a theory of international law as practice Martti Koskenniemi
    3. International law as a professional practice: crafting the autonomy of international law Richard Collins and Alexandra Bohm
    4. Scientific reason and the discipline of international law Anne Orford
    Part II. The Practice of International Law and its Theories:
    5. International legal scholarship under challenge Anne Peters
    6. The responsibility of the international legal academic: situating the grammarian within the 'invisible college' Gleider Hernández
    7. What is critique?: towards a sociology of disciplinary heterodoxy in contemporary international law Akbar Rasulov
    8. The relationship between theory and practice in international law: affirmation versus reflexive distance Jochen von Bernstorff
    9. The choice of the subject in writing histories of international law John Haskell
    10. International legal theory qua practice of international law Samantha Besson
    Part III. The Practice of International Law and its Professional Capacities:
    11. Moving beyond interdisciplinary turf wars: towards an understanding of international law as practice Tanja Aalberts and Ingo Venzke
    12. Professionals of international justice: from the shadow of state diplomacy to the pull of the market for commercial arbitration Sara Dezalay and Yves Dezalay
    13. The international law bar: essence before existence? James Crawford
    14. Consigliere or conscience: the role of the government legal adviser Matthew Windsor
    15. International law as expert knowledge: exploring the changing role of international lawyers in national contexts René Uruena
    16. Teachers of international law Pierre d'Argent
    Concluding remarks: the praxis of international law Wouter Werner.

  • Editors

    Jean d'Aspremont, University of Manchester
    Jean d'Aspremont is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Manchester where he co-directs the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) with Professor Iain Scobbie. He is also Professor of International Legal Theory at Universiteit van Amsterdam. D'Aspremont acted as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law. He is series editor of the Melland Schill Studies in International Law and of the Elgar International Law Series.

    Tarcisio Gazzini, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    Tarcisio Gazzini is senior researcher at the University of Lausanne, where he is responsible for the project 'Foreign Investment in Africa: Gaining Development Momentum', and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He has previously taught at Università degli Studi di Padova, the University of Glasgow and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Leiden Journal of International Law and the book series International Investment Law.

    André Nollkaemper, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    André Nollkaemper is Professor of Public International Law and Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law at the Faculty of Law of Universiteit van Amsterdam. He is also external Legal Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, President of the European Society of International Law and Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His practical experience includes cases before the European Court on Human Rights, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

    Wouter Werner, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    Wouter Werner is Professor of Public International Law and co-director of the Centre for the Politics of International Law at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is also chair of the Advisory Commission on Issues of Public International Law, and director of the Graduate School of Vrije Universiteit law Faculty. In his recent work Werner has focused on documentary film and international criminal law, deference across international courts and tribunals, the role of experts in international law, conceptions of humanity and world community across international law.


    Jean d'Aspremont, Tarcisio Gazzini, André Nollkaemper, Wouter Werner, Martti Koskenniemi, Richard Collins, Alexandra Bohm, Anne Orford, Anne Peters, Gleider Hernández, Akbar Rasulov, Jochen von Bernstorff, John Haskell, Samantha Besson, Tanja Aalberts, Ingo Venzke, Sara Dezalay, Yves Dezalay, James Crawford, Matthew Windsor, René Uruena, Pierre d'Argent

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