1 International law is an argumentative practice. It is about persuading target audiences such as courts, colleagues, politicians, and readers of legal texts about the legal correctness—lawfulness, legitimacy, justice, permissibility, validity, etc—of the position one defends. What passes for method, in other words, has to do with what counts as persuasive arguments in international law. Key to persuasiveness is that the argument is recognizable as a good legal argument and not, for example, a strong moral point, a plausible political position, or a convincing...
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