Law, caution: towards a better understanding of law for IR theorists

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The aim of this article is to provide International Relations (IR) theorists with a better understanding of law. This is important for all IR theorists, not just those who focus on international law, because the legalistic way of viewing the world colours all aspects of our world, from teaching us what justice is and providing the means to achieve it, to framing our understanding of human relations and giving us the language of rights with which to articulate it. This article has two main goals: first, to question our own assumptions about law; and second, to introduce IR theorists to the basics of legal methodology and demonstrate how law actually operates.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1112
Number of pages18
JournalReview of International Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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