Book Review: Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History 1842-1933
Fabia Fernandes Carvalho Vecoso
Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international | Brill Academic Publishers | Published : 2018
Mestizo International Law aims to renovate historical studies in the field of international law by directly confronting their Eurocentric character. With a focus in the West, these conventional narratives ‘present a teleological trajectory: from a European to a universal international law’ (p. 9). Challenging this way of writing histories in the field, Becker Lorca narrates a mestizo international law, and here is the most significant part of his project, as ‘international law emerged out of the interaction between Western and non-Western sovereigns, as well as from the professional rapports and debates between Western and non-Western international lawyers’ (pp. 10–11).