Published online by Cambridge University Press: 10 October 2020
This chapter investigates H.L.A. Hart’s characterization of law as the union of primary and secondary rules, and its implications for international law’s status as genuine law. While Hart is frequently identified as an international legal skeptic, that conclusion rests on a misreading of his analysis of international law or, in some cases, a misreading of his analysis of law. Hart does not deny that international law is law, only that it constitutes a legal system. Properly understood, this is a claim few of his critics will deny.