Matthew Craven

in The Decolonization of International Law

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217625
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191705410 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law


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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the two main goals of the book, which are to develop a sense of what seems to be at stake when international lawyers turn to the question of succession and to examine how it was that international lawyers understood decolonization and what significance that process had for the understanding of their own discipline. It is argued that part of the problem with the formulation and codification of the law of State succession may be related to the idea that decolonization was a radical or constitutive moment: a moment at which international lawyers were faced not only with the task of managing political change on the ‘outside’, but of managing the decolonization of the legal imagination itself.

Keywords: international law decolonization; State succession; international lawyers

Chapter.  3340 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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