The relationship between populism and international law is mostly conveyed as one of populist-problem versus international law-solution. International lawyers feel called upon to respond to the rise in populism with multilateralism and liberal internationalism in a ‘keep calm and carry on lawyering’ fashion. However, this attitude of us (the internationalists) versus them (the populists) tends to present a geographically Western-centric and epistemologically euro-centric view of populism and international law. Two crucial aspects about populism and international law are overlooked in this narrow understanding: First, the role that international lawyers and institutions have played in institutionalising and upholding neoliberalism and therefore in creating a specific type of nationalist populist backlash; and second, the progressive forms of populism which may be compatible with a radical internationalism of solidarity.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Schwöbel-Patel: Populism, International Law, and the End of Keep Calm and Carry on Lawyering
Christine Schwöbel-Patel (Univ. of Warwick - Law) has posted Populism, International Law, and the End of Keep Calm and Carry on Lawyering (Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: