Critical Approaches to International Law

Celebi H., ÖZDEMİR A. M.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.7, no.25, pp.69-89, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 25
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-89


This article critically examines the two major veins of the existing critical approaches in international law, namely, the progressive approach and the political economy approach as offered by the commodity-form theory. International law theory is now witnessing the rise of what has been called the 'New Stream' of international law scholarship composed of critical perspectives. The 'New Stream' writers stand as part of a broader movement in contemporary legal theory commonly known as Critical Legal Studies. The political economy approach draws on the pioneering jurisprudence of Evgeny Pashukanis, linking law to commodity exchange, and in turn uses international law to make better sense of commodity-form theory.