Mestizo international law : a global intellectual history 1842-1933 / Arnulf Becker Lorca.

Becker Lorca, Arnulf, 1971- author.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Cambridge studies in international and comparative law (Cambridge, England : 1996) ; 115.
Cambridge studies in international and comparative law ; 115
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International law -- History.
Legal polycentricity.
The development of international law is conventionally understood as a history in which the main characters (states and international lawyers) and events (wars and peace conferences) are European. Arnulf Becker Lorca demonstrates how non-Western states and lawyers appropriated nineteenth-century classical thinking in order to defend new and better rules governing non-Western states' international relations. By internalizing the standard of civilization, for example, they argued for the abrogation of unequal treaties. These appropriations contributed to the globalization of international law. With the rise of modern legal thinking and a stronger international community governed by law, peripheral lawyers seized the opportunity and used the new discourse and institutions such as the League of Nations to dissolve the standard of civilization and codify non-intervention and self-determination. These stories suggest that the history of our contemporary international legal order is not purely European; instead they suggest a history of a mestizo international law.
Part I: Mestizo international law
1. Why a global intellectual history of international law?
Part II: Universal international law
2. Appropriating classical legal thought
3. The imposition and negotiation of rules: hybridity and functional equivalences
4. The expansion of nineteenth-century international law as circulation
Part III: The fall of classical thought and the turn to modern international law
5. Sovereignty beyond the West, the end of classical international law
6. Modern international law: good news for the semi-periphery?
Part IV: Modern international law
7. Petitioning the international: a 'pre-history' of self-determination
8. Circumventing self-determination: league membership and armed resistance
9. Codifying international law: statehood and non-intervention
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