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A Response<sup>†</sup>

Martti Koskenniemi

in Comparative Law as Transnational Law

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795208
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795208.003.0021
A Response†

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This chapter presents Martti Koskenniemi's response to the general discussion around his book, From Apology to Utopia. He identifies two themes that emerge as a constant source of puzzlement. How does the argument in that book affect—if at all—the way we do international law? And what does the claim to be “critical” really mean? These are considered aspects of one larger set of problems that permeate the whole of that work. Koskenniemi briefly touches upon the question of change in international law as it relates to the kind of structuralist or deconstructive enquiry performed in From Apology to Utopia and in other such works. He says that one aspect of From Apology to Utopia that few commentators fail to comment upon is its pervasive and relentless, even tiring, binarism.

Keywords: Martti Koskenniemi; From Apology to Utopia; international law; binarism

Chapter.  2690 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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