The politics of international law - 20 years later

  • Koskenniemi M
  • 3


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


The essay examines some of the changes in my own thinking about the politics of engaging in international law since the original publication of the article that opened the fi rst issue of EJIL in 1990. The essay points to the change of focus from indeterminacy (to which I am as committed as ever) of legal arguments to the structural biases of international institutions. It then discusses the politics of defi nition, that is to say, the strategic practice of defi ning international situations and problems in new expert languages so as to gain control over them. It attacks the increasing ‘ managerialism ’ in the fi eld and ends with a few refl ections about the signifi cance of the moment of the establishment of the Journal 20 years ago.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Martti Koskenniemi

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free