Reading RP Anand in the Post-Colony: Between resistance and appropriation

Singh, Prabhakar (2019) Reading RP Anand in the Post-Colony: Between resistance and appropriation. In: The Battle for International Law: South-North Perspectives on the Decolonization Era. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 297-318. ISBN 9780198849636

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Professor RP Anand analysed the birth of new states and their theoretical and functional inclusion in the post-UN world. The 1947 Indian independence afforded Indian lawyers a choice between Nehruvian internationalism and Judge Pal’s Tokyo dissent. Essentially, Anand preferred state interest over cultural differences as the currency of international law while celebrating the UN Charter, the International Court of Justice, and the UN Convention of the Law of Sea as the achievements of the mankind. Anand saw the rejection of international law as synonymous with power politics. While optimistic, his universalism engendered a Western anti-thesis that an Asian approach to international law, if any, was otiose. Subsequently, post-colonial scholars responded with a synthesis that brought colonialism from periphery to the centre of international legal theory.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: History of international law | Decolonization | India | Asian approaches to international law | ICJ
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 03:39
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 03:39


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