Teaching International Law in Jurisdictions with International Law Crisis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-280
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


The normally challenging task of teaching international law is amplified when teaching international law in jurisdictions that face ongoing human rights problems and other failures of compliance with international law. In those jurisdictions, the dialectics between the globalized world economy and technology on the one hand and the intensification of hostility to human rights and substantive democracies (ie to the values of public international law) on the other hand are much more pronounced. Students will often resist international law and regard it as the 'enemy of the state' or a source of illegitimate foreign influence. The challenge of international law teachers in those jurisdictions is thus not only to teach international law but also to draw the students into - rather than alienate them from - thinking about their resistance to international law and about the relations between law, power and legitimacy. How to meet this and related challenges is the focus of this paper, which is based on the authors' practical experiences of teaching international law in several jurisdictions with an international law crisis including Hong Kong, Israel, and the People's Republic of China.

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  • teaching public international law, human rights, international law crisis states

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