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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Normative Plurality in International Law: A Theory of the Determination of Applicable Rules

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ISBN13: 9783319439273
To be Published: September 2016
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £86.00

This book provides a theoretical framework for explaining the choices made by international decision-makers in terms of what constitutes law. It comprehensively analyzes the practice of human rights courts in applying legal instruments outside their competence and proposes that this practice recognizes that different normative instruments coexist in an un-ordered space, and that meaning can be produced by the free interaction of those instruments around a problem. Based on this, the book advances its normative plurality hypothesis, which states that decision-makers must survey the acquis of international law in order to identify all the instruments containing relevant normative information for a particular situation. The set of rules of law applicable to the situation must then be complemented with other instruments containing specific normative information relevant to the situation, resulting in a complete system of norms advancing a common purpose.

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Public International Law
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Talking About Sources: The Constant Reliance on a Non-Objectified Element
Chapter 3. The Imperfect Paradigm: Article 38 of The Statute Of The International Court Of Justice
Chapter 4. Human Rights as a New Paradigm
Chapter 5. Normative Plurality in International Law
Chapter 6. General Conclusion.