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The International Rule of LawRise or Decline?$
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Heike Krieger, Georg Nolte, and Andreas Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843603.001.0001

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Complexity Rules (or: Ruling Complexity)

Complexity Rules (or: Ruling Complexity)

Comment on Jutta Brunnée

(p.232) 15 Complexity Rules (or: Ruling Complexity)
The International Rule of Law

Tomer Broude

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a comment on the capacity of international law to address complex problems such as climate change, as a complement and response to Jutta Brunnée’s preceding chapter. The comment first questions whether complexity is in fact a special case or rather an all-pervading characteristic of international relations, and by extension, of international law. Second, the comment questions—notwithstanding the current angst that internationalist lawyers feel and express due to what seems like a tidal-scale assault on international law—whether the international rule-of-law management of complexity is a particularly contemporary issue, or just another iteration of recurrent, resurgent, occasionally even refreshing, frictions that characterize international law. Third, the comment asks whether the challenges of complexity maintain a special relationship with international law, or whether these are substantially the same as the interactions of these issues with domestic legal systems.

Keywords:   climate change law, Paris Climate Change Agreement, informality, treaties, rule of law

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