Paths of Change in International Law I
International law changes more frequently and often more rapidly and easily than standard accounts suggest. This is one of two panels that seek to better understand the processes through which such change occurs. It uses insights from empirical studies and scholarship from international relations and international political sociology to enrich and question existing approaches and complement internal legal perspectives. It focuses especially on the way in which states interact with ‘authorities‘ in the process of legal change – with actors and institutions that are recognized as being able to say with authority what the law means. Central questions include: which paths of legal change are dominant in a given context? What role do states play vis-à-vis non-state authority? Why do actors choose to pursue change through one authority and not another? How do states respond to attempts at legal change they do not control?