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'Law Beyond the State': Book Launch - 18 May 2021

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We are pleased to invite you to the launch of Law Beyond the State: Dynamic Coordination, State Consent, and Binding International Law (Oxford University Press, 2021) by Carmen Pavel (KCL, Political Economy)


About the book:

In recent years, international agreements and institutions have become particularly contentious. China is refusing to abide by the decision of an international arbitration decision implementing UNCLOS rules in the South China Sea, and Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from international agreements including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change of 2015. Such retreats expose widespread ambivalence towards cooperation through international law, and reverse the gains made by long-standing processes of legalization.

In Law Beyond the State, Carmen Pavel responds to the ambivalent attitude states have with respect to international law by offering moral and legal reasons for them to improve, strengthen, and further institutionalize its capacity. She argues that the same reasons which support the development of law at the domestic level, namely the cultivation of peace, the protection of individual rights, the facilitation of complex forms of cooperation, and the resolution of collective action problems, also support the development of law at the international level.



Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago)

Nico Krisch (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Alejandra Mancilla (University of Oslo)

Carmen Pavel (KCL)

Eva Pils (KCL)

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Carmen  Pavel

Carmen Pavel

Reader in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Eva  Pils

Eva Pils

Professor of Law

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18 May 2021

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