The Dynamics of International Law in Conflict Resolution

The Dynamics of International Law in Conflict Resolution

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This work approaches international law as more than merely information contained in international legal norms, and does not view international law as a body of objective and binding normative commands. As "legal knowledge", international law encompasses rules, practices and the expectations actors derive through legal reasoning from conventional legal rules, customary norms, international adjudication, and international legal theory. The study is in three parts. Part 1 constructs a framework to analyze the effectiveness of international law to influence decision-making within conflict resolution processes. Drawing on the contending approaches of the New Haven School of International Law and its rivals and applying various devices of linkage theory, the analysis isolates variables and indicators of the impact of legal expectations on actors' perceptions about the normative contents of such rules in a particular bargaining process. Parts II and III apply the framework of Part I to explain the role of international law in the Central American peace negotiations of the 1980s.
Using the framework, Parts II and III identify sources of uncertainty and diverging expectations in the Western Hemisphere that aggravated rather than assuaged in Central American crisis. Parts II and III also explain the normative constraints that affected Central American decision-makers and provided the basis for most of the regional consensus within the Esquipulas meeting. With the help of heuristic devices from the behavioural sciences, this study of international law proposes an alternative to the traditional views of international legal effectiveness in the modern world.
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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 156 x 238 x 24mm | 639.99g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • biography
  • 0792314506
  • 9780792314509

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: Outline for a Framework. I. Methodological Questions. II. Theoretical Sketch. III. The Framework Indicators of Effectiveness in International Law. Part II: From Adaptation to Learning: A Decade of Peace Negotiations in Central America. IV. The Contadora Years: 1979-1986. V. The Struggle Against Uncertainty. VI. The World Court: Excursus on the Anatomy of a Transnational Authoritative Determination Process. VII. Coping with Uncertainty Through Consensual Knowledge and Normative Restraint. VIII. Guideline for the Future: Reducing Procedural Uncertainty in Central America. Part III: The Influence of International Legal Dynamics on Decision Making and vice versa: A Double Appraisal. IX. An Observational Standpoint: The Factual Variables Applied. X. Appraising Indicators: Its Sequential Application to Peace Negotiations in Central America During the 1980s. Concluding Remarks. Notes. Table of Figures and Diagrams.
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Winner of the ASIL Certificate of Merit 1993.
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