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Critical International LawPostrealism, Postcolonialism, and Transnationalism$
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Prabhakar Singh and Benoît Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450633.001.0001

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Descendants of Realism?

Descendants of Realism?

Policy-Oriented International Lawyers as Guardians of Democracy

(p.29) 1 Descendants of Realism?
Critical International Law

Hengameh Saberi

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the New Haven School’s policy-oriented approach as the first systematic postrealist jurisprudence in American international legal thought. The chapter argues that, in line with its central normative commitment, the Yale Law School’s perspective entrusts the international lawyer with the task of advancing human dignity. The New Haven School’s international law, the chapter suggests, embraces a new existential rationale, of tutoring of minds and integration of ‘personalities’ toward a homogeneous global order. It concludes that this professional image markedly distinguishes the New Haven jurisprudence from the teachings of legal realists, but a study of its intellectual pedigree in Lasswell’s thought has so far been absent from the literature on the policy-oriented jurisprudence.

Keywords:   New Haven School, policy-oriented, postrealism, human dignity, Lasswell, personality

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