chapter  2
34 Pages

Analytical framework, key concepts and methodology

WithBeatriz Martinez Romera

The fragmentation of the international social world has attained legal significance especially as it has been accompanied by the emergence of specialized and (relatively) autonomous rules or rule-complexes, legal institutions and spheres of legal practice. What once appeared to be governed by ‘general international law’ has become the field of operation for such specialist systems […] each of them possessing their own principles and institutions. The problem, as lawyers have seen it, is that specialised law-making and institution building tends to take place with relative ignorance of legislative and institutional activities in the adjoining fields and of the general principles and practices of international law. 1