Identifying Regions in the History of International Law

Antony Anghie

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

Identifying Regions in the History of International Law

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This chapter discusses the concept of regional law; regions and the early modern beginnings of international law; conceptualizing regions; international law and the management of space; and regions and future histories of international law. It argues that any attempt to discuss ‘regional international law’ is confronted by the difficulty that a ‘region’ may be defined in numerous ways, depending on geographical, political, and ideological criteria. Nevertheless, the idea that particular regions have developed a unique international law has persisted in the writing of histories of international law. If anything, the significance of ‘regional international law’ has increased in recent times as a result of the emergence of regional entities with carefully defined memberships, and corresponding adjudicatory systems.

Keywords: regional international law; international law history; regional law; adjudicatory systems; regional entities

Article.  9513 words. 

Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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