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date: 05 December 2019

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This chapter offers a critical discussion of the origins, aims, and main contributions of moral philosophies of international law. Then, in moving beyond mere exposition, the chapter turns to a meta-theoretical discussion of international law, and in particular to how international legal theory should best be conceived and conducted. The chapter argues for the development of normative legal philosophies of international law that take the normativity of law and hence its legality more seriously than international legal theorists have so far, but also than moral philosophers of international law have themselves, thus breaking away from the sterile oppositions between ‘realist’ and so-called ‘moralist’ approaches to international law.

Keywords: Responsibility of international organizations, Customary international law, General principles of international law, Relationship of international law and host state law, Sources of international law

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