- Coupright Page
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Contributors
- Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law
- Regional Organizations
- Asia in the History and Theory of International Law
- Regional Peace and Security
- Human Rights
- International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Law of the Sea and Asian States
- International Economic Law and Asia
- International Dispute Settlement
- South Korea
- The Philippines
- Viet Nam
- Sri Lanka
- Central Asian States
- South Pacific Island States
- New Zealand
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter looks at debates about Asia in scholarship on the history and theory of international law. It also traces the evolution of concepts of sovereignty in the context of Asia’s colonial history, and more recent preoccupations with development. What counts as the ‘history and theory’ of international law is itself continuously changing and scholars must engage with new materials and issues. Possible new initiatives include deeper research on Asian traditions and concepts of rule and governance, justice, and order; approaching the history and theory of international law in Asia in global rather than regional terms; and turning to other disciplines—such as social/cultural anthropology—to develop new insights into the questions of governance and territory, and the powerful imaginaries of nationhood, sovereignty, and empire that animate the peoples of Asia, and that have not been entirely displaced by modern concepts of sovereignty and globalization. Examining these themes illuminates the important issues of how Asian states have attempted to innovate and use international law to further their own interests.
Antony Anghie is Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the SJ Quinney School of Law, University of Utah, United States.
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