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Research Handbook on International Law and Cities

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Research Handbook on International Law and Cities

9781788973274 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Helmut Philipp Aust, Professor of Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Co-Chair of the ILA Study Group on ‘The Role of Cities in International Law’ and Janne E.Nijman, Professor of History and Theory of International Law, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and The Graduate Institute, Switzerland; Chairperson of the Executive Board and Academic Director, T.M.C Asser Instituut; and Co-Chair of the ILA Study Group on ‘The Role of Cities in International Law’ with Miha Marcenko, Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Netherlands
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 327 4 Extent: c 512 pp
This groundbreaking Research Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the impact of international law on cities. It sheds light on the growing global role of cities and makes the case for a renewed understanding of international law in the light of the urban turn.

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This groundbreaking Research Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the impact of international law on cities. It sheds light on the growing global role of cities and makes the case for a renewed understanding of international law in the light of the urban turn.

Written by a group of scholars from a wide range of different geographical and theoretical backgrounds, this Research Handbook contributes to a better understanding of the practice of cities in various fields of international law ranging from climate change over human rights and migration to security governance. Additionally, it offers reflections on how to account for this urban turn in the light of historical and cross-cutting theoretical perspectives from legal and non-legal scholarship alike.

Combining doctrinal work and analysis of international practice with critical historical and theoretical contributions, this Research Handbook will be a must-have reference book for researchers and students in the field of international law as well as other disciplines, including human geography, urban studies, sociology and political science.
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‘Walter Benjamin – foremost among writers on cities – once observed (to paraphrase) that crafting a good piece of writing entails making, at once, a musical composition, an architectural construction, and a woven textile. The Research Handbook on International Law and Cities that Helmut Aust and Janne Nijman have assembled, working with Miha Marcenko and a superb array of contributors, succeeds in all these ways. Combining historical, conceptual, practical and critical takes on the role of cities in global phenomena, and on various manifestations of the global in the urban, it sounds provocative notes for future work. Its construction is at once magisterial and replete with intriguing openings. Its fabric is rich in theoretical and empirical threads of value to international law and cognate disciplines. As one sometimes does in a city, I lost myself in its pages, in the most pleasurable way. Regardless of their disciplinary or geographic starting point, all those who read it – or should I say, visit this volume’s many cities – are sure to emerge newly informed and inspired.’
– Fleur Johns, UNSW Sydney, Australia

‘This Research Handbook offers a rich array of insightful analyses about the way that international law is being shaped, interpreted, and implemented by cities. After exploring historical antecedents, the volume dives into structural aspects of cities within international law, before tackling the role of cities in reshaping particular subject matter areas, such as climate change, human rights and refugees. For those captivated by States and international organizations as the only actors that count, this volume will change your mind.’
– Sean D. Murphy, George Washington University, US and Member, U.N. International Law Commission
Contributors
Contributors include: H.P. Aust, N. Barak, M. Baumgärtel, A. Beaudouin, S. Besson, Y. Blank, T. Boestad, G. Cartier, J.K. Cogan, C.M. Colombo, K. Creutz, S. Curtis, M.F. Davis, E. de Nictolis, A. de Shalit, A. du Plessis, A. Duval, L. Eslava, E. Fromageau, S.R. Foster, M.L.P. Groenleer, V. Hansen, G. Hill, C. Iaione, J. Klabbers, K. Knop, L.J. Kotzé, S. Lepsius, J. Lin, D. Litwin, J.L. Martí, J.E. Nijman, L. Nuzzo, B. Oomen, B. Rajagopal, L.L. Reimers, M. Riegner, M. Rodas, A. Rodiles, M. Sossai, C. Swiney, Y. Takashiba, J.E. Viñuales, B. Vormann

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