Book Chapter

Constituting order

A Orford

The Cambridge Companion to International Law | Published : 2015


Introduction The proper relation between law and order has long been a contested one. Attempting to determine the proper relation between international law and international order is an even more difficult task. Does international law exist to create and maintain international order? Should this be one of the functions of international law? If so, what kind of order is international law designed to secure and maintain? Does constituting order always take priority over all other goals, values or interests? Who decides? These are particularly difficult questions for international lawyers, because international law has predominantly been understood as a means of governing relations between sove..

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