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 28: Indeterminacy

Cameron A. Miles

Abstract

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.

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