Legal Reading Group: The International Rule of Law in Light of Legitimacy Claims

Julie Crutchley introduces "The International Rule of Law in Light of Legitimacy Claims" in H. Krieger et al., The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline? (OUP, 2019)


The chapter looks at legitimacy claims, contrasting them with theories of legitimacy and discussing how such claims may contribute to the ‘rise or decline’ of the international rule of law. The author studies examples from the areas of the ius ad bellum and the ius in bello. He concludes that legitimacy considerations will not allow a proper assessment of ‘rise or decline’ in themselves. Rather it is important to first establish a realistic perspective on what international law can achieve at all. In contrast to expectations that have been raised in particular after the end of the Cold War by many scholars, international law has not become a value-based constitutional arrangement of its constitutive entities, whether these are states or individuals.

The book chapter is available here.


The legal reading group meets on a regular basis to discuss leading publications on international courts and tribunals. The aim is to develop our understanding of an article/book chapter and how it might be relevant for our own projects, through sharing insights on its substance, merits, and broader context. The reading group managed by PluriCourts, but open to everyone that is interested.

Tags: Legitimacy
Published Sep. 19, 2019 2:02 PM - Last modified Nov. 20, 2019 3:37 PM