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Theilen, J., Hassfurther, I., Staff, W. Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law. German Yearbook of International Law, 60(1), 315-334. https://doi.org/10.3790/gyil.60.1.315
Theilen, Jens T.; Hassfurther, Isabelle and Staff, Wiebke. "Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law" German Yearbook of International Law 60.1, , 315-334. https://doi.org/10.3790/gyil.60.1.315
Theilen, Jens T./Hassfurther, Isabelle/Staff, Wiebke: Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law, in: German Yearbook of International Law, vol. 60, iss. 1, 315-334, [online] https://doi.org/10.3790/gyil.60.1.315

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Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law

Theilen, Jens T. | Hassfurther, Isabelle | Staff, Wiebke

German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 60 (2018), Iss. 1 : pp. 315–334

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Jens T. Theilen, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel.

Isabelle Hassfurther, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel.

Wiebke Staff, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel.

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Abstract

In the face of recent challenges to international law and its institutions, a sense of despair and resignation pervades some parts of international legal scholarship – a mindset which may work to close off the ability to think, feel, and imagine alternatives. As a counterpoint to such despair, this paper explores the potential of utopianism as a framework for rethinking international law which provides grounds for hope. Building on the articles contained in the Special Section “Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law” which it introduces, the paper discusses three topoi of utopianism in relation to international law: first, the diversity of utopian approaches, ranging from grand blueprints to everyday utopias; second, the relation of utopianism to critique, and specifically to critical approaches to international law; and third, the complicated role of international law in relation to social change.

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Jens T. Theilen / Isabelle Hassfurther / Wiebke Staff: Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law 1
I. From Despair to Hope: A Utopian Counterpoint 1
II. Grand Blueprints, Everyday Utopias, and International Law 6
III. Critique and Utopianism 1
IV. Towards Utopia: Transformation by Law, Transformation of Law 1