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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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The Many Fields of (German) International Law

The Many Fields of (German) International Law

(p.91) 5 The Many Fields of (German) International Law
Comparative International Law

Nico Krisch

Oxford University Press

In recent years, interest in comparative approaches in the study of international law has grown. This chapter contributes to this endeavor with a focus on the particularities of academic international law in Germany, but also with an interest in methodology and a broader argument for attention to a particular set of factors behind differences in the interpretation and application of international law. Using sociological insights, it focuses on the professional contexts in which the different interpreters are embedded—the social and professional ‘fields’ in which they operate—and suggests connections between the shape of those contexts and the methodological and substantive commitments with which these interpreters approach international law. In Germany, the relative dependence of international law on the broader field of public law stands out as a differentiating characteristic.

Keywords:   international law, Germany, public law, social fields, comparative law, legal academia

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