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Comparative International Law

Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, and Mila Versteeg


By definition, international law, once agreed upon and consented to, applies to all parties equally. It is perhaps the one area of law where cross-country comparison seems inappropriate, because all parties are governed by the same rules. However, as this book explains, states sometimes adhere to similar, and other times adopt different, interpretations of the same international norms and standards. International legal rules are not a monolithic whole, but are the basis for ongoing contestation, in which states set forth competing interpretations. International norms are interpreted and redefi ... More

Keywords: international law, comparative law, domestic institutions, geographic differences, cross-country comparison

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190697570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthea Roberts, editor
Associate Professor, RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University.

Paul B. Stephan, editor
John C. Jeffries, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, and John V. Ray Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law

Pierre-Hugues Verdier, editor
Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

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1 Conceptualizing Comparative International Law

Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, & Mila Versteeg*

Part one Comparative International Law and Related Fields: Comparative Politics, Foreign Relations Law, and International Relations

2 Methodological Guidance

Katerina Linos*

Part Two International Lawyers, the Academy, and Competing Conceptions of International Law

Part Three Comparative International Law and International Institutions

Part Four Comparative International Law and Domestic Institutions: Legislatures and Executives

10 International Law in National Legal Systems

Pierre-Hugues Verdier & Mila Versteeg*

13 National Legislatures

Kevin L. Cope & Hooman Movassagh*

Part Five Comparative International Law and Domestic Institutions: National Courts

Part Six Comparative International Law and Human Rights

19 When Law Migrates

Jill I. Goldenziel*

22 CEDAW in National Courts

Christopher McCrudden*

Part Seven Comparative International Law, Investment, and Law of the Sea

24 Who Cares about Regulatory Space in BITs? A Comparative International Approach

Tomer Broude, Yoram Z. Haftel, & Alexander Thompson*

25 Africa and the Rethinking of International Investment Law

Makane Moïse Mbengue & Stefanie Schacherer

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