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The International Legal Personality of the Individual

Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen


This book scrutinizes the relationship between the concept of international legal personality as a theoretical construct and the position of the individual as a matter of positive international law. By testing four main theoretical conceptions of international legal personality against historical and existing international legal norms that govern individuals, the book argues that the common narrative about the development of the role of the individual in international law is flawed. Contrary to conventional wisdom, international law did not apply to States alone until the Second World War, onl ... More

Keywords: international legal personality, subjectivity, individuals, non-State actors, legal orders, dualism, monism, positivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, author
Associate Professor of International Law, University of Copenhagen