Most work in legal logic is generalist or takes domestic law as the standard case. International law as a field has some distinctive features, however. Lacking a formal and centralised structure, international law is the result of the direct action of its addressees: States, international organisations, non-governmental entities, transnational companies, and even individuals. Furthermore, while in domestic law the rules are organised hierarchically, in international law such vertical order is still scarce. Finally, international law undergoes continuous expansion — the proliferation of special regimes can lead to complex challenges to international cooperation, obscuring which applicable rules are determinative in case of a conflict.
With this in mind, the Globalization and Law Network (Glaw-Net) and the International Law Discussion Group (ILDG) are organising a two-day online conference (14 and 15 Nov 2022) focused on the logic of international law. The presentations range from the philosophical analysis of the logic of international to more practical applications of logical tools to fields of international law like human rights, humanitarian law, and State responsibility.