Talking International Law
Legal Argumentation Outside the Courtroom
Edited by Ian Johnstone and Steven Ratner
Reviews and Awards
"This pioneering book explores why, how, and by whom legal arguments are given outside the courtroom. Bringing together law and political sciences, the editors proceed both bottom up and top down: Building on a gamut of approaches in both disciplines and on case studies by the contributing scholars and practitioners, the book charts new territory. The outcome is a novel theory for understanding the motives, modes, and effects of legal argumentation in global affairs." -Professor Anne Peters, Director, The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg, Germany"
"This fascinating multi-disciplinary volume is a model of combining theory building with case studies. The book examines the role of legal argumentation outside of courts, expertly assessing the microprocesses of communication in framing understandings, elaborating law, shaping identities and communities of practice, and affecting outcomes." -Gregory Shaffer, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law, USA"
"Talking International Law brilliantly addresses the puzzle why and to what effect legal arguments are used outside the courtroom in international law. The book describes how references to international law are all-pervasive in world politics, from inter-state negotiations to proceedings of international organizations including the various UN bodies. "Legal arguments even show up in the discourses of non-state actors, from human rights organizations to rebel groups. But the book does not just describe these discourses, it also explores the "who," "how," and "to what effect." It integrates a whole set of theoretical approaches, from legal theory to political theory to international relations. A "Must Read!" for anybody concerned with international law, international norms, theories of deliberation, and with world politics in general." -Thomas Risse, Professor of International Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany"