International law, we are taught, is the law made by states to govern their relations. Unsurprisingly, international law scholarship has traditionally embraced a corresponding methodological statism. Despite common perceptions, however, statism remains dominant: at most, elite non-state actors are studied alongside states. This article advocates a turn to ‘constructivist methodological individualism’: a commitment to studying the making, interpretation, implementation, development and breaking of international law by ordinary, individual people, together with the reciprocal engagement of international law with them.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Megiddo: Methodological Individualism
Tamar Megiddo (Tel Aviv Univ. - Law) has posted Methodological Individualism (Harvard International Law Journal, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: