International Legal Theory Quiz



9 Questions

What is the New Haven School's approach to international law?

Which approach to international legal theory prioritizes the power dynamic between the First World and Third World?

What is the main criticism of Critical Legal Studies regarding international law?

What is the main goal of Feminist Legal Theory?

What is the ius gentium and how is it related to modern international law?

What is the main focus of LGBT International Law Theory?

Who are some of the jurists that have contributed to TWAIL scholarship?

What is the central case approach?

What are some of the classical approaches to international legal theory?


Overview of International Legal Theory

  • International legal theory encompasses various approaches to explain and analyze public international law and institutions and suggest improvements.

  • Different approaches focus on compliance, formation of international rules, and policy orientation.

  • Classical approaches include natural law, eclectic or Grotian approach, and legal positivism.

  • International relations approaches include realism, liberalism, rational choice and game theory, and international legal process.

  • Policy-oriented perspectives include New Haven School, Critical Legal Studies, central case approach, and feminist legal theory.

  • New Haven School emphasizes the prescription and application of policy to maintain community order and achieve social goals.

  • Critical Legal Studies argues that international law is limited and biased due to language and structures of politics and power.

  • Central case approach is a method of analyzing human rights issues by comparing an actual situation to an ideal situation.

  • Feminist legal theory critiques current legal practice and vocabulary as patriarchal and proposes changes to promote justice and equality.International Law Theory

  • The dominant language of international law emphasizes the protection of women's honor over their social, cultural, and economic rights.

  • LGBT International Law Theory seeks to integrate queer theory into international law theory to address discrimination and persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • The challenges for gay legal theory are to move away from the frailties of both formal equality and antisubordination theories and to represent sexual minorities in a broader cultural context.

  • Ancient Rome's ius gentium, which began as a Roman recognition of like legal practices and institutions, can be seen as a starting point for modern international law.

  • Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) is a critical approach that prioritizes the power dynamic between the First World and Third World and the role of international law in legitimizing the subjugation and oppression of Third World peoples.

  • TWAIL scholars aim to avoid presenting the "Third World" as a unified, coherent place but rather use the term to indicate peoples who have the shared experience of underdevelopment and marginalization.

  • TWAIL scholarship has its origins in works of jurists such as B. S. Chimni, Georges Abi-Saab, F. Garcia-Amador R.P. Anand, Mohammed Bedjaoui, and Taslim O. Elias.

  • Western scholars who have contributed to TWAIL scholarship include C.H. Alexandrowicz, Richard Falk, Nico Schrijver, PJ.I.M. de Waart, David Kennedy, and Martti Koskenniemi.

  • TWAIL is a loose network of scholars that has had several conferences thus far.


Test your knowledge of International Legal Theory with this quiz! From classical approaches to policy-oriented perspectives, this quiz covers a wide range of theories and perspectives on international law. See if you can identify key concepts and scholars from different approaches such as natural law, legal positivism, feminist legal theory, and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). Whether you're a law student or just interested in the topic, this quiz is a great way to challenge yourself and expand your understanding of international legal theory

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