Sociological analysis of international law
Hirsch, Moshe (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The course includes the following topics:
I. The sociological perspective and the sociological dimension of international law
II. Core sociological theories and international law: global and regional trade agreements in the WTO legal system.
III. Social identity and international law: international institutions, enforcement of human rights treaties by EU trade measures, and interpretation of international treaties
IV. Cognitive Sociology and international law: inter-group relations, discrimination and the implementation of international treaties.
V. Collective memory and international law: the role of international tribunals in the construction of social memories, states' collective memories and international law (the EMU law and Germany, Argentina and ICSID).
VI. Diffusion of norms and international legal fragmentation: interpretive communities and the interactions between investment tribunals and human rights treaties.
VII. The sociology of deviance and compliance with international law: international control mechanisms, social causes of international deviance, and enhancing compliance with international law.
VIII. Conclusions: sociological and additional dimensions of international law, and the limits of sociological inquiries into international law.