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VI People in Portrait, 62 Georges Scelle (1878–1961)

Oliver Diggelmann

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 January 2023

World War I to World War II — Since World War II — Individuals and non-state actors
Georges Scelle was a French theorist of international law and a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. He advocated a radically anthropocentric theory of international law called ‘methodological individualism’, which focuses on actions and responsibilities of individuals and aims to demystify the State. His main work, Précis de droit des gens, and several other writings mainly of the 1930s contrast positive international law with ‘objective law’, which consists of the rules he deems required by social reality.1 Well-known elements of his...
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