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date: 07 December 2019

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This chapter examines the relationship between social theory and legal studies, paying close attention to the theoretical implications of specific legal technicalities by borrowing methodologies originating from non-legal disciplines. Social theorists who want to engage with and contribute to socio-legal scholarship can draw on actual legal quandaries and real-world governance dilemmas to help generate theoretical insights that may perhaps borrow their underlying epistemology from non-legal theorists, but that also draw substantially on close studies of legal processes, particularly the often-ignored theoretical significance of law’s own procedures and knowledge moves. The chapter then reveals how the substantial benefits may be derived from this genuine exercise in interdisciplinarity by harnessing considerations of scale, temporality, materiality, and narrative affect, as far as the jurisdiction is concerned.

Keywords: International courts, international tribunals, jurisdiction

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