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Obligation and the political authority of international law

Reus-Smith, Christian


Why do states feel obliged to obey the rules of international law? The political elites who act in the name of states, their counterparts in international organisations and non-governmental organisations, and their ever more internationally-attuned populations all speak and act as though international law incurs real obligations. Yet existing accounts of international legal obligation suffer from the problem of ‘interiority’, in that they first ground obligation in some internal feature of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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