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Fragmentation, regime interaction and Sovereignty

MA Young

Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility: Essays in Honour of James Crawford | Published : 2015


The fragmentation of international law is a long-observed phenomenon that demonstrates uneven normative and institutional development and evolution in inter-State relations, with little or no hierarchical order or overall coherence. Separate legal regimes such as the international trade regime and the international regime to mitigate climate change have developed largely independently from one another, often instigated by nonidentical groupings of States. Conflicts of norms between these regimes give rise to ‘post modern anxieties’ about disorder and uncertainty,1 and in response, the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC), in a seminal study led by Martti Koskenniemi, advocates a..

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