Enchanted and Disenchanted International Law

Ian Hurd*

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Abstract

Scholars and activists commonly see international law in a privileged normative and political position in world politics, where international legal institutions are assumed to advance important goals such as international stability, human justice and even global order as a whole. I explore this attitude toward international law, which I call an 'enchanted' view, and contrast it to the 'disenchanted' alternative. Where the enchanted attitude presumes the normative valence and political wisdom of following international law, the disenchanted approach treats these as open questions for inquiry and discussion. The disenchanted approach is more empirically minded, and more politically open, than the enchanted, and leads to a distinct research program on legalization in international affairs - one that is attentive to the politics of law, the connections between law and power, the ambiguity that exists between legality and policy wisdom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalGlobal Policy
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law

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