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 26: Imagination

Gerry Simpson

Abstract

Imagination can be thought of not as a set of programmatic ideals towards a better world or the creation of already existing utopias against which current realities must inevitably fall short, but as an adoption of ‘the exterior glance’ combined with a relentless process of resistance and questioning and estrangement – a literary project as much as a political one – in relation to political and legal orthodoxy and the institutional and political arrangements that concretize it.

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