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7 - The Agenda of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL)

from Part III - Critical Approaches to International Law

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

Jeffrey L. Dunoff
Affiliation:
Temple University, Philadelphia
Mark A. Pollack
Affiliation:
Temple University, Philadelphia
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TWAIL scholars seek to retell, rewrite and reconfigure international law by decentering some of its central myths such as its Westphalian origins. In addition to rewriting and writing international law from third world perspectives, TWAIL scholars critically appraise international law’s doctrines, operative logics and normative commitments and assumptions. From this perspective, the third world for TWAIL is not merely a geographical space. Rather, it is a locus of enunciation of international law from third world perspectives. TWAIL’s vantage point is critical of the universalizing mission and occidental authority of Eurocentric international legal scholarship and practice. TWAIL in particular rejects Eurocentric accounts of international law that fail to account for the history of subordinated groups within it and its current consequences such as those related to climate change, poverty and other forms of violence. TWAIL is therefore an oppositional and transformative set of commitments and ideas for rethinking the international legal order.

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International Legal Theory
Foundations and Frontiers
, pp. 153 - 173
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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