defence of historical inquiry to minor corrections of the characterization by critics of historical methodologies. Fortunately, most scholars have simply ignored the debate and have continued with research on the history of international law, producing a veritable boom of innovative scholarship on topics
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/187197308X366614 International Community Law Review 10 (2008) 371–378 I NTERNATIONAL C OMMUNITY L AW R EVIEW www.brill.nl/iclr Critical Th ird World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL): Th eory, Methodology, or Both? Obiora Chinedu Okafor
Japan, Germany, Canada and South Africa as Constitutional States
The outcome is, however, not mere theorizing. Most of the text is devoted to an incisive application of the chosen comparative method to four geographically, historically, and culturally divergent, but thoroughly comparable, constitutional systems. In the course of the comparative exercise, contemporary constitutional dogma and constitutional mechanics are analyzed and explained, in many instances in their historical contexts, making the book itself a useful source of comparative and historical information.
Edited by Benedetto Conforti, Luigi Ferrari Bravo, Francesco Francioni, Natalino Ronzitti, Giorgio Sacerdoti and Riccardo Pavoni
The doctrinal section of the volume is complemented by a variety of notes covering such significant topics as reparations for wartime damage, the legal basis of Security Council Chapter VII resolutions, and the status of military sunken vessels. Surveys on the activities of the ICJ, the ITLOS, the ECtHR, ICSID, and international criminal courts and tribunals occupy the rest of this section.
The second section of the volume covers the Italian practice in the areas of i) judicial decisions; ii) diplomatic and parliamentary practice; iii) treaty practice; and iv) national legislation. The third section contains a systematic bibliographical index of Italian literature in the field of international law and reviews of recent books. The volume ends with an analytical index for ready consultation which includes the main judicial cases and legal instruments cited throughout the Yearbook.
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treaties establishing international organizations for an unlimited time, like gatt Article xxiii :1(b) on ‘non-violation complaints’). Will the heralded dawn of an ‘Asian 21st century’ prompt the ‘invisible college of international lawyers’ to adopt different conceptions and methodologies of iel and