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International Law from Below
Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance

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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521816465

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  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal's fundamental critique of modern international law draws attention to traditional Third World engagements. Rajagopal challenges current approaches to international law and politics either through states or through individuals. With transnational and local social movement action now becoming increasingly visible and important--as witnessed in Seattle in 1999, he demonstrates that a new global order must consider seriously the resistance of social movements in the development of international law.

    • Introduces social movements literature in international legal scholarship including in international human rights law and international institutions
    • Joins critical legal scholarship on international law, and law and development
    • A major book-length work in a Third World stream of international legal scholarship
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    "Important reading for members of social movements who hopefully will be inspired to create their own narrative about reshaping international law from below." Voluntas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521816465
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.692kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Part I. International Law, Development and Third World Resistance:
    1. Writing Third World resistance into international law
    2. International law and the development encounter
    Part II. International Law, Third World Resistance and the Institutionalization of Development: the Invention of the Apparatus:
    3. Laying the groundwork: the Mandate system
    4. Radicalizing institutions and/or institutionalizing radicalism? UNCTAD and the NIEO debate
    5. From resistance to renewal: Bretton Woods institutions and the emergence of the 'new' development agenda
    6. Completing a full circle: democracy and the discontent of development
    Part III. Decolonizing Resistance: Human Rights and the Challenge of Social Movements:
    7. Human rights and the Third World: constituting the discourse of resistance
    8. Recoding resistance: social movements and the challenge to international law
    9. Markets, gender and identity: a case study of the Working Women's Forum as a social movement
    Part IV. Epilogue

  • Author

    Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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