Law is the continuation of politics by other means.
Date of Issue2012
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
This thesis posits that international law and international politics are inextricably intertwined and proffers a critical analysis of this symbiotic relationship. Despite its claims to objectivity and neutrality, the law ritualizes, reifies and ultimately entrenches the structures and networks of power present in the international system. In order to illustrate this phenomenon, this thesis deconstructs the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Bosnian genocide. It traces how the Court unconsciously adopted certain techniques and political values in reaching results that were predisposed by those very techniques and values. The thesis aims ultimately to engender debate about the values that international law legitimates, in an attempt to imbue it with the moral authenticity necessary to engender social change.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science