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The Rise of China and International Law: Taking Chinese Exceptionalism Seriously

The Rise of China and International Law: Taking Chinese Exceptionalism Seriously

by Congyan CaiCongyan Cai
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The rise of China signals a new chapter in international relations. How China interacts with the international legal order—namely, how China utilizes international law to facilitate and justify its rise and how international law is relied upon to engage a rising China—has invited growing debate among academics and those in policy circles. Two recent events, the South China Sea Arbitration and the US-China trade war, have deepened tensions. This book, for the first time, provides a systematic and critical elaboration of the interplay between a rising China and international law. Several crucial questions are broached. These include: How has China adjusted its international legal policies as China's state identity changes over time, especially as it becomes a formidable power? Which methodologies has China adopted to comply with international law and, in particular, to achieve its new legal strategy of norm entrepreneurship? How does China organize its domestic institutions to engage international law in order to further its ascendance? How does China use international law at a national level (in the Chinese courts) and at an international level (for example, lawfare in international dispute settlement)? And finally, how should "Chinese exceptionalism" be understood? This book contributes significantly to the burgeoning and highly relevant scholarship on China and international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190073602
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/24/2019
Series: Law and Global Governance Series
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Congyan Cai is Professor of International Law at Xiamen University and Honorary Professor at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in China

Table of Contents


Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two The Relevance of International Law
Chapter Three State Identity and Legal Policies
Chapter Four Regimes
Chapter Five Institutions
Chapter Six Chinese Courts
Chapter Seven Lawfare in the Dispute Settlement
Chapter Eight Conclusion: Taking Chinese Exceptionalism Seriously

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