Parution : 03/2024
Editeur : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 978-0-1988-9891-7
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The Individual in International Law

The History and Theory of International Law

Sous la direction de Anne Peters,  Tom Sparks

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Shifts across the corpus of international law have brought the international legal system into a closer alignment with the interests of the individual. This has led to a great and growing interest in the roles and status of individuals in international law, and provided new impulses for debate.

The Individual in International Law is an exploration of what is described as the humanisation of international law. It examines how international law has accommodated individuals, and how individual status, rights, and obligations have become denser and more important in the international legal system. Split into two parts, the book analyses the humanisation of international law in different historical periods and from various theoretical perspectives. The first part focuses on the historical evolution of international law, exploring how the interests of individuals have shaped the development of the legal system from antiquity to 1945, providing a counterpoint to State-centric readings of international law's history. The second part contains theoretical debates, critical approaches, and interdisciplinary investigations, offering perspectives from ius positivism and ius naturalism, Marxism, TWAIL, feminism, global law, global constitutionalism, law and economics, and legal anthropology. The book aims to stimulate further research on the humanisation and dehumanisation of new fields ranging from the ius contra bellum to climate law. The editors' introduction and conclusion frame the contributions, draw together their findings, and address critiques comprehensively.

Written by a team of acknowledged experts in their fields, this volume elucidates how the interests, rights, obligations, and responsibilities of individuals have shaped international norms and regimes, and suggests how a reoriented transformative humanism can inform and develop international law in an era of profound ideological, ecological, and technical challenge.

This is an open access title. It is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International licence. It is available to read and download as a PDF version on the Oxford Academic platform.

Anne Peters, Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and Tom Sparks, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

Contributors: Tom Sparks, Anne Peters, Anne van Aaken, Başak Çalı, Bhupinder S. Chimni, Eleanor Cowan, Rafael Domingo, Dante Fedele, Marie-Claire Foblets, Angelo Jr Golia, Gleider Hernández, Ruth Houghton, Inge Van Hulle, Francesca Iurlaro, Mark Somos, Marina Veličković, Alain Wijffels.



1:Introduction: The History and Theory of the Individual in International Law, Anne Peters & Tom Sparks

1. The Individual in the History of International Law

2:The Individual in International Law in Antiquity, Eleanor Cowan

3:Individuals and Group Identity in Medieval International Law, Dante Fedele & Alain Wijffels

4:From Exemplary Individuals to Private Persons with Rights: International Law 1500-1647, Vitoria, Gentili, and Grotius, Francesca Iurlaro

5:From Re- to Demoralisation: The Individual in International Law, 1648-1789, Mark Somos

6:The Individual in International Law in the Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914, Inge Van Hulle

7:Before Human Rights: The Formation of the International Status of the Individual, 1914-1945, Anne Peters

2. The Individual in the Theory of International Law

8:Legal Positivism and the Individual in International Law, Gleider I. Hernández

9:The Individual in International Law from the Contemporary Sacred Natural Law Perspective, Rafael Domingo

10:The Individual in Secular Natural Law Theories of International Law, Tom Sparks

11:The Status of the Individual in International Law: A TWAIL Perspective, B.S. Chimni

12:The Individual in Feminist Approaches to International Law, Ruth Houghton

13:A Marxist Account of the Individual in International Law, Marina Veličković

14:Global Law and the Individual, Angelo Jr. Golia

15:Global Constitutionalism and the Individual, Başak Çalı

16:The Individual in (International) Law and Economics, Anne van Aaken

17:Individual Personhood in Anthropological Approaches to International Law, Marie-Claire Foblets

18:Conclusion: Reconsidering the Individual in International Law, Anne Peters & Tom Sparks

448 pages.  £110.00