Organized by
Manchester International Law Centre
 ESIL IG Social Sciences and International Law


Nico Krisch, Geneve Graduate Institute (editor)
Ezgi Yildiz, California State University, Long Beach (editor)
Mark Pollack, Temple University (contributor)
Taylor St John, University of Oslo, and Jean d’Aspremont, University of Manchester, Sciences Po, Paris (discussants)


How does international law change? How does it adapt to meet global challenges in a volatile social and political context? The Many Paths of Change in International Law offers fresh, theoretically informed, and empirically rich answers to these questions. It traces drivers, conditions, and consequences of change across the different fields of international law and paints a complex and varied picture, very much in contrast with the relatively static imagery prevalent in many accounts today.

Drawing on inspirations from international law, international relations, sociology, and legal theory, this book highlights the social dynamics through which different areas and institutional contexts have generated their own pathways of change. Its fifteen chapters – authored by a stellar interdisciplinary group of scholars of international law and international relations – centre on strategies, forms, forces, and social contexts and draw on primary source material and in-depth case studies to explore those paths. Overall, the volume offers a fascinating account of an international legal order in flux – with a dynamic not captured through traditional doctrinal lenses – and helps situate change processes and their varied implications in international law and politics.

Join the book launch on Wednesday, 28 February 2024, 17:00 – 18:15 (GMT) / 18:00 – 19:15 (CET) / 9:00 – 10:15 (PST).

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