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Politics and International Legal Obligation

Reus-Smit, Christian


Why do states recognize an obligation to observe the rules of international law? Existing accounts of international legal obligation suffer from the problem of 'interiority'. They first ground obligation in some internal feature of the international legal system - such as consent, fairness or dialogue - but when these turn out to be insufficient, they fall back on assumptions about the legitimacy of the international legal system itself, for which they cannot account. The roots of this problem...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of International Relations
DOI: 10.1177/135406610394003


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