As a concept, indeterminacy reflects the idea that the rules of international law cannot be identified nor their content determined with certainty. This entry examines four different types of indeterminacy and the intellectual pedigree of each: American legal realism (as applied through the New Haven School of international law); linguistic indeterminacy; structural indeterminacy; and near-realist indeterminacy.
Cameron A. Miles
Cameron A Miles
This short note introduces a piece of mild historical interest to international lawyers, namely a lengthy poem written by Sir Stafford Northcote, one of the members of the 1871 Joint High Commission that negotiated the Treaty of Washington that formed the basis of the Alabama arbitration. The poem provides some insight into the spirit of the Joint High Commission and the process by which the Treaty—a watershed of international law—was negotiated.