Upendra Baxi

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law


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This chapter examines the pluriverses of ‘public international law’; the different ‘histories’ about Europe and India; some methodical concerns; the community of Third World and International Law (TWAIL); the international law of ‘cosmopolitan’ imperial governance; and sourcing international law. The ‘Europe–India’ interface carries with it many different ways of writing histories of ‘international law’. Doctrinal and juridical history writing, important as these continue to be, remain imbued with an order of belief suggesting that ‘international law’ is a ‘gift’ of the ‘West’ to the ‘rest’. Many other approaches suggest a more enlarged concern acknowledging civilizational plurality in making and unmaking some dominant and hegemonic conceptions. Many writings also fail to explicitly address what ‘India’ and other colonized nations and peoples may have contributed to the evolution of law and international law in ‘Europe’.

Keywords: international law; imperial governance; TWAIL; India

Article.  9001 words. 

Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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