Concepts for International Law
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Concepts for International Law

Contributions to Disciplinary Thought

Edited by Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh

Concepts shape how we understand and participate in international legal affairs. They are an important site for order, struggle and change. This comprehensive and authoritative volume introduces a large number of concepts that have shaped, at various points in history, international legal practice and thought; intimates at how the many projects of international law have grappled with, and influenced, the world through certain concepts; and introduces new concepts into the discipline.
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Chapter 8: Compliance

Ingrid Wuerth

Abstract

This chapter explores the term ‘compliance’ from the perspective of different theoretical approaches to international law. The importance and role of compliance in the international legal system is contested; some of the debate tracks political and national differences. The chapter maintains that although some theorists have focused too much on compliance, compliance is nevertheless central to international law.

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