Document Type

Article

Repository Date

2011

Keywords

Jurisprudence, International Politics, International Law, International Decision-Making

Subject Categories

International Law | International Relations | Jurisprudence | Law | Law and Politics | Legal History | Medical Jurisprudence

Abstract

In this essay we shall be concerned with the real world relevance of theories of international law; that is, with the question of the theories themselves as a factor in international decision-making. To do this it is first necessary to review briefly the substance of the jurisprudential debate among legal scholars, then to view some basic jurisprudential ideas as factors in international views of "law," and finally to reach the question of the operative difference a study of these theories might make in world politics.