Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 November 2012

408 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199657674

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How Interpretation Makes International Law

On Semantic Change and Normative Twists

Ingo Venzke

  • Applies theoretical developments in linguistics and philosophy to give an innovative perspective on the role of language in shaping international law
  • Provides a framework for normative assessment that challenges traditional understandings of how international law is made
  • Demonstrates how the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Appellate Body of the WTO have shaped and developed their constituent instruments through their interpretative discourses
  • Argues that treaties and other sources of international law form only the starting point of legal authority

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