Future of International Law

Ambivalence and Language in International Law

A response to the post by Jacqueline Mowbray The problem of language in international law is at least twofold. The language of its law necessarily means disjuncture from the particularities of any one locus. Nothing makes this more obvious than seeing the accused of horrific and macabre genocidal regimes in a courtroom in The Hague. The defendants are suddenly confronted by an externally imposed code of micro and macro obligations …