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

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190697570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190697570.001.0001

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Conceptualizing Comparative International Law

Conceptualizing Comparative International Law

(p.3) 1 Conceptualizing Comparative International Law
Comparative International Law

Anthea Roberts

Paul B. Stephan

Pierre-Hugues Verdier

Mila Versteeg

Oxford University Press

Comparative international law utilizes insights and methods from comparative law in order to identify, analyze, and explain similarities and differences in how international law is understood, interpreted, applied, and approached by different national and international actors. Although such approaches find important antecedents in earlier scholarship, distinct attention to “comparative international law” has grown in recent years, particularly in light of changes in geopolitical power. This introductory chapter explains what we mean by comparative international law, examines how one might find and analyze similarities and differences, sets out a number of hypotheses that have been suggested for explaining similarities and differences, and considers some of the normative challenges and implications of this field.

Keywords:   comparative law, international law, comparative international law, cross-country comparison, geopolitical power

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