China, India, and International Law : A Justice Based Vision between the Romantic and Realist Perceptions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-250
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of International Law
Issue number2
Online published30 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


This paper aims to build an analytical framework and a research agenda for a study of the potential impact of the rise of China and India on international law. In the light of the possibility that the two states may, together or individually, make changes in international law and shift it from its present Europe-America moorings, this paper attempts to analyze and answer three topics: (1) the common and different stances of China and India on the existing international legal order; (2) the changes China and India have sought to the international status quo; and (3) the contributions that have been or could be brought by China and India to the development of international law and their implications for the future. It proposes an analytical framework in which these questions are viewed through two lenses: the romantic vision and the realist vision.