International Law

Authored by: Tanja Aalberts , Wouter Werner

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415732253
eBook ISBN: 9781315446486
Adobe ISBN: 9781315446479


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Globalization comes with increasing intermeshing of politics and law in the international realm. Or at least it comes with an increasing realization of their intermeshing and complexity in both International Law and International Relations as academic disciplines. This has also opened up spaces for a rapprochement of disciplinary fields and calls for interdisciplinary research agendas or even a joint discipline (e.g. Abbott 1989). Officially, this would amount to a reunion, as International Relations only recently separated from law as its alma mater to establish itself as an autonomous and scientific discipline, based on Morgenthau’s program: “the political realist maintains the autonomy of the political sphere [and] thinks in terms of interest defined as power … the lawyer, of conformity of action with legal rules” (Morgenthau 1948: para. 6).

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