Politics of International Law

The Politics of International Law working group opens a wide lens on international legalization and its history, politics, and practice. The traditional question on international law is about compliance — when and why do states comply or not? Instead of asking about whether governments follow international law, we ask about how legal regimes are deployed to shape, constrain, and enable political choices and political power.

There is an emerging global community of scholars who take this approach but they are disparate and disconnected from each other. Scholars of global international history are often unknown to political scientists working; legal scholars are often unknown to historians; and so on. This group aims to create scholarly institutions to link these scholars together.