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Part II Approaches, Ch.18 The International Signs Law

Peter Goodrich

From: The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law

Edited By: Anne Orford, Florian Hoffmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2024

Responsibility of international organizations — Customary international law — General principles of international law — Relationship of international law & host state law — Sources of international law

This chapter argues for the image as a medium for communicating the method and norms of a rather abstract, primary, and primordial jurisdiction at work during the early seventeenth-century empires. The beginnings of international law therefore are expressed in the earliest markings, patterns, rhythms, and signs that delineate human inhabitation and community. The chapter posits that the law has entered the secular world in the form of arms — symbols of rank and office — which may be used in either war or diplomacy. Another origin the chapter traces is within the realm of the sea, upon which territories and jurisdictions are often difficult to establish. Finally, international law also has its origins in legal emblems — the moveable signs, detachable images, and floating signifiers of a particular jurisdiction, which form a pan-European substrate of all legal interventions and communications.

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