The uses and abuses of legitimacy in international law

  title={The uses and abuses of legitimacy in international law},
  author={C. Thomas},
  journal={Oxford Journal of Legal Studies},
  • C. Thomas
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
In recent decades, the term ‘legitimacy’ has featured heavily in debates about international law and international institutions. Yet the concept of legitimacy, mercurial as it is, has remained under-scrutinized, leading to confusion and misuse. Rather than advancing a particular conception of what may make international law legitimate, this article seeks to clarify and complicate how international lawyers understand and use legitimacy as a concept. To begin, the article distinguishes between… Expand
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