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Religious Actors and International Law$
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Ioana Cismas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712824.001.0001

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Accountability and Legitimacy

(p.306) Conclusions
Religious Actors and International Law

Ioana Cismas

Oxford University Press

The Conclusions clarify that the analytical category of religious actors does not form an autonomous legal category in international law. They also articulate the need for a process of two-sided legitimation: religious actors have come to need the legitimacy of international law to strengthen the legitimacy of their authority to interpret religion, and international law itself may benefit from religious actors fostering its legitimacy in different cultural contexts. In an effort to place Ms. Lubna Hussein’s archetypal case in a wider context, an interactional approach to legitimating international law is explored. Such an approach draws on the interpretative role of a variety of actors, including religious ones, and on the recognition that international law itself is dynamic (as is religion) while its ‘force’ relies on legality and shared understandings of such legality.

Keywords:   legitimacy, legitimation, interactionism, interactional framework, accountability, international law, legality, shared understandings

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