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Irresolvable Norm Conflicts in International Law: The Concept of a Legal Dilemma

Valentin Jeutner


Conventionally, international legal scholarship concerned with norm conflicts focusses on identifying how international law can or should resolve them. This book adopts a different approach. It focusses on identifying those norm conflicts that law cannot and should not resolve. The book offers an unprecedented, controversial, yet sophisticated, argument in favour of construing such irresolvable conflicts as legal dilemmas. Legal dilemmas exist when a legal actor confronts a conflict between at least two legal norms that cannot be avoided or resolved. Addressing both academics and practitioners ... More

Keywords: norm conflicts, nuclear weapons, proportionality, treaty conflict, fragmentation, polynormativity, legal contradictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808374
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valentin Jeutner, author
Junior Research Fellow in Law, Pembroke College, Oxford; Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund University