Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law

Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law


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This innovative Research Handbook explores recent developments at the intersection of international law, sociology and social theory. In doing so, it highlights anew the potential contribution of sociological methods and theories to the study of international law, and illustrates their use in the examination of contemporary problems of practical interest to international lawyers.
The diverse body of expert contributors discuss a wide range of methodologies and approaches – including those inspired by the giants of twentieth century social thought, as well as emergent strands such as computational linguistics, performance theory and economic sociology. With chapters exploring topical areas including the globalization of law, economic globalization, property rights, global governance, international legal counsel, social networks, and anthropology, the Research Handbook presents a number of paths for future research in international legal scholarship.
Full of original insight, this interdisciplinary Research Handbook will be essential reading for academics and scholars in international law and sociology, as well as postgraduate students. Lawyers practicing in international law will also find this a stimulating read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783474486
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Edited by Moshe Hirsch, Von Hofmannsthal Professor of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and Andrew Lang, Chair of International Law and Global Governance, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law
Moshe Hirsch and Andrew Lang
2. Issues of Empire, Contestation, and Hierarchy in the Globalization of Law
Bryant G. Garth
3. A conflicts-law response to the precarious legitimacy of transnational trade governance
Fabian Bohnenberger and Christian Joerges
4. Correlated ownership: Polanyi, Commons, and the property continuum
Sabine Frerichs and Rick James
5. Regulating Speed: Social Acceleration and International Law
Wouter G. Werner
6. ‘What gets measured gets done’: exploring the social construction of globalized knowledge for development
Ruth Buchanan, Kimberley Byers and Kristina Mansveld
7. International lawyers and the study of expertise: representationalism and performativity
Andrew Lang
8. Ignorance/power: rule of law reform and the administrative law of global governance
Deval Desai
9. Reflexive Sociology of International Law: Pierre Bourdieu and the Globalization of Law
Mikael Rask Madsen
10. The practice of litigation at the ICJ: the role of counsel in the development of international law
Gregory Messenger
11. International investment law as formally rational law: a Weberian analysis
David Schneiderman
12. Practice theory and international law
Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Mark A. Pollack
13. The ‘practice turn’ in international law: insights from the theory of structuration
Nicolas Lamp
14. An Anthropological Approach to International Economic Law
Galit A. Sarfaty
15. Network analysis and the sociology of international law
Sergio Puig
16. Social networks and the enforcement of international law
Shai Dothan
17. Locked in language: historical sociology and the path dependency of investment treaty design
Wolfgang Alschner
18. Social constructivism and the social construction of world economic reality
Sungjoon Cho
19. Core Sociological Theories and International Law
Moshe Hirsch

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