Engaging Diversity Through the Interpretation of International Law: A Review of Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law by Karen Knop

Wendy Lacey

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Abstract

In Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law, Karen Knop offers an alternative account of self-determination to the traditional scholarly analysis. Knop’s emphasis is placed on the interpretation of self-determination rather than on its articulation and application throughout history. Thus, instead of merely searching for the meaning of self-determination as reflected in international practice, and treating cases as examples of the application of a norm, Knop encourages the reader to ‘abandon the rigid optic of the scholarship on self-determination’, and acknowledge what she refers to as the ‘fluidity of interpretive practice’. This fluidity, which assumes both difference and flexibility in interpretation, allows us to engage with the issue of diversity in international law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalMacquarie Law Journal
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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