Introduction: framing the relationship between international law and peace settlements

Retter, M., Varga, A. and Weller, M. (2021) Introduction: framing the relationship between international law and peace settlements. In: Weller, M., Retter, M. and Varga, A. (eds.) International Law and Peace Settlements. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 1-28. ISBN 9781108498043 (doi: 10.1017/9781108627856.002)

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This introductory chapter identifies the key questions and themes for the International Law and Peace Settlements volume, and provides a framework and conceptual map for analysing the relationship between international law and peace settlement practice. In particular, it examines the concepts of peace and war, and their relation to law, before developing a working lexicon for peace agreements and settlements. The chapter then critically examines the legal character of peace agreements and settlement commitments as ‘legal tools’ for peace-making. This analysis provides essential foundations to map out the ways in which peace settlements and international law can interact. Those forms of interaction become key focal points for the various contributions in the remainder of the volume. The thematic rationale and structure of the volume is explained to orientate the reader in light of its key themes and questions.

Item Type:Book Sections (Introduction)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Varga, Dr Andrea
Authors: Retter, M., Varga, A., and Weller, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:14 January 2021

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