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Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law

Edited by Moshe Hirsch, Von Hofmannsthal Professor of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and Andrew Lang, Chair of International Law and Global Governance, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK
Bringing together a highly diverse body of scholars, this comprehensive Research Handbook explores recent developments at the intersection of international law, sociology and social theory. It showcases a wide range of methodologies and approaches, including those inspired by traditional social thought as well as less familiar literature, including computational linguistics, performance theory and economic sociology. The Research Handbook highlights anew the potential contribution of sociological methods and theories to the study of international law, and illustrates their use in the examination of contemporary problems of practical interest to international lawyers.
Extent: 464 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78347 448 6
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  • Law - Academic
  • Law and Society
  • Public International Law
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
This innovative Research Handbook explores recent developments at the intersection of international law, sociology and social theory. In doing so, it highlights anew the potential contribution of sociological methods and theories to the study of international law, and illustrates their use in the examination of contemporary problems of practical interest to international lawyers.

The diverse body of expert contributors discuss a wide range of methodologies and approaches – including those inspired by the giants of twentieth century social thought, as well as emergent strands such as computational linguistics, performance theory and economic sociology. With chapters exploring topical areas including the globalization of law, economic globalization, property rights, global governance, international legal counsel, social networks, and anthropology, the Research Handbook presents a number of paths for future research in international legal scholarship.

Full of original insight, this interdisciplinary Research Handbook will be essential reading for academics and scholars in international law and sociology, as well as postgraduate students. Lawyers practicing in international law will also find this a stimulating read.
‘Sociological approaches to international law have gained significant momentum in the course of the last decade. The contributions to this Research Handbook reflect the diversity of sociological theories and illustrate how they can enrich international legal scholarship. The Research Handbook is an excellent guide to the sociology of international law 'from Huber to post-structuralism.’
– Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow, UK

‘This Research Handbook offers a timely sociological reading of the functioning of the international legal order, using diverse sociological approaches, spreading from the thought of Max Huber to post-structuralism. It offers a range of the best analyses on the topic and sets a new agenda for the field. Indeed a fascinating book.’
– Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, Luxembourg
Contributors: W. Alschner, F.M. Bohnenberger, R. Buchanan, K. Byers, S. Cho, D. Desai, S. Dothan, J.L. Dunoff, S. Frerichs, B.G. Garth, M. Hirsch, R. James, C. Joerges, N. Lamp, A. Lang, M.R. Madsen, K. Mansveld, G. Messenger, M.A. Pollack, S. Puig, G.A. Sarfaty, D. Schneiderman, W.G. Werner












Contents:

1. Introduction to the Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law
Moshe Hirsch and Andrew Lang

2. Issues of Empire, Contestation, and Hierarchy in the Globalization of Law
Bryant G. Garth

3. A conflicts-law response to the precarious legitimacy of transnational trade governance
Fabian Bohnenberger and Christian Joerges

4. Correlated ownership: Polanyi, Commons, and the property continuum
Sabine Frerichs and Rick James

5. Regulating Speed: Social Acceleration and International Law
Wouter G. Werner

6. ‘What gets measured gets done’: exploring the social construction of globalized knowledge for development
Ruth Buchanan, Kimberley Byers and Kristina Mansveld

7. International lawyers and the study of expertise: representationalism and performativity
Andrew Lang

8. Ignorance/power: rule of law reform and the administrative law of global governance
Deval Desai

9. Reflexive Sociology of International Law: Pierre Bourdieu and the Globalization of Law
Mikael Rask Madsen

10. The practice of litigation at the ICJ: the role of counsel in the development of international law
Gregory Messenger

11. International investment law as formally rational law: a Weberian analysis
David Schneiderman

12. Practice theory and international law
Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Mark A. Pollack

13. The ‘practice turn’ in international law: insights from the theory of structuration
Nicolas Lamp

14. An Anthropological Approach to International Economic Law
Galit A. Sarfaty

15. Network analysis and the sociology of international law
Sergio Puig

16. Social networks and the enforcement of international law
Shai Dothan

17. Locked in language: historical sociology and the path dependency of investment treaty design
Wolfgang Alschner

18. Social constructivism and the social construction of world economic reality
Sungjoon Cho

19. Core Sociological Theories and International Law
Moshe Hirsch

Index