South and East Asian Perspectives on International LawSymposium

Backlash against international law by the East?

How the concept of ‘transplantation’ helps us to better understand reception processes of international law

The symbolic metaphor of ‘Eastphalia’ that has been referred to in the opening post of this symposium, which is a wordplay around ‘Westphalia’, is very loaded in its curious terminological choice. Westphalia is a myth that plays a central role in the linear narrative on the development of international law from West to East. The analogy is not very flattering – as it is another ‘orientalist’ labeling that creates an impression …

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South and East Asian Perspectives on International LawSymposium

The ‘Standard of Civilization’ in international law

Intellectual perspectives fom pre-war Japan

Any history of international law in Japan and the discourse on Japan’s semi-civilized status begin with nineteenth-century European encounters. Although there is thick literature on the ‘pre-modern’ international order in the Far East, the normative connection between Japan’s various responses to this order, on the one hand, and its engagement with the nineteenth-century European notion of the standard of civilization, on the other, is not adequately spelled out. I argue …

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DiscussionKick-off

Alterität und Menschenrechte

Webfehler in der juridico-politischen Matrix

Wie kann eine Demokratie in den Zeiten globalisierter Märkte ihre staatliche Integrität und politische Souveränität wahren ohne die Anderen zu missachten? Strengere Gesetzgebungen zu Migrations- und Flüchtlingspolitiken sind sicherlich eine offensichtliche Form des Umgangs mit Alterität – verstanden als eine kulturspezifische und/ oder soziopolitische Fremd- und Andersheit. In ihnen steckt jedoch immer schon der Geist, Alterität auflösen zu wollen. So verweigert die Demokratie unter dem neoliberalen Diktat den Anderen immer …

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