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January 27, 2009

Symmetry and Selectivity: What Happens in International Law When the World Changes

Chicago Journal of International Law, (forthcoming)

Paul B. Stephan (Univ. of Virginia – Law)

This article has a simple hypothesis: Selectivity in international law increases as international relations become more symmetrical. Conversely, international law becomes more universal as asymmetry grows. This relation holds true during the modern period. Its existence in turn supports the theoretical claim that the content of international law reflects the rational interests of those actors that make it. Read the rest of this entry »