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International Negotiation
A Process of Relational Governance for International Common Interest

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Part of Cambridge Studies on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance

  • Publication planned for: December 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107196643

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  • Evangelos Raftopoulos explores international negotiation as a structured process of relational governance that generates international common interest between and among international participants and in relation to the international public order. He challenges prescriptive models of negotiation - developed in international relations and positivistic approaches to international law, which artificially separate treaties from negotiation in the name of 'objectivity' - and opens a window for looking at international negotiations from a novel, international law perspective. Using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates law, philosophy, politics, and linguistics, he proposes a holistic, theoretical model of multilateral international negotiation that not only offers a 'subjective' view of international law in practice but also demonstrates the importance of understanding the horizontal normativity of international ordering. This work should be read by academics and practitioners of international law and negotiations, officials of international organizations, and anyone else interested in international law and international relations.

    • Proposes a relational theory of international creative negotiation
    • Adopts a novel view of international negotiation as a relational, contextual, textual, three-phased and inter-subjective process of multilateral governance
    • Equips readers with the fundamental conceptual elements needed to understand international negotiation as a structured, multilateral process generating and constructing international common interest
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    Advance praise: 'Raftopoulos challenges scholars of international relations and international law to think of the treaty process as an integrated set of interim, subjective practices. He promotes a relational theory that treats the links between negotiations and treaties as an ongoing process of promoting global welfare. His approach goes well beyond conventional strategic power based theories of international relations and static positive theories by international lawyers about the nature of multilateralism itself.' Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Advance praise: 'When I was involved in negotiations for drafting treaties, I often had the feeling that the negotiators, rather than putting forward particular positions, were called to define an international common interest and to envisage a regime subject to future governance and re-negotiation. This book goes beyond feelings and subjects the process of building international common interests to a rigorous analysis within a solid theoretical approach.' Tullio Scovazzi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan

    Advance praise: Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos presents a new and welcome perspective on the international negotiation process. Without doubt this in-depth and thought-provoking study of international negotiations of legal instruments will generate much discussion as he takes the reader through the matrix of the international negotiation process through both an intellectual and pragmatic lens. Professor Raftopoulos demonstrates his extensive knowledge of the complexities and intricacies of international negotiations in this masterfully written book.' Nilufer Oral, Istanbul Bilgi University and Member of the UN International Law Commission

    Advance praise: 'Negotiations are traditionally perceived as belonging to the realm policy; the frequent end result of it, treaties, as belonging to the realm of law. This interesting and innovative study by a leading Greek international law scholar brings both strands together in the analysis as to how they contribute to the crystallization of international common interest.' Robert Kolb, University of Geneva

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    • Publication planned for: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107196643
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Approaches to International Nagotiations and International Common Interest
    Part II. The Negotiation Phases in the Conventional Construction of International Common Interest.

  • Author

    Evangelos Raftopoulos, Panteion University of Athens
    Evangelos Raftopoulos is Professor of International Law and International Environmental Law at Panteion University of Athens. He is also the Founding Director of MEPIELAN Centre/Panteion University of Athens, an officially accredited UNEP/MAP Partner and a Member of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development. Educated at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D. (Cantab), LL.M. (Cantab), and Athens (LL.B.), he has been recently a Visiting Scholar at Downing College, University of Cambridge. He has participated in more than seventy international environmental conferences and meetings and has authored eleven books, numerous articles, and international reports.

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