Trade, Law and Development, Vol 3, No 1 (2011)

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TWAIL: A Brief History of its Origins, its Decentralized Network, and a Tentative Bibliography

James Thuo Gathii


TThis article traces the contemporary origins of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) in the late 1990’s. It argues that since then, TWAIL-ers have not sought to produce a single authoritative voice or text. Instead, they have generated vibrant ongoing debate around questions of colonial history, power, identity and difference, and what these mean for international law. TWAIL scholarship has also considered possibilities for egalitarian change in a broad variety of areas in the fields of public international law and international economic law. In doing so, TWAIL-ers have addressed multiple issues related to society, politics, identity and economic - with an underlying commitment to democratic values and concerns in relations within and between the Third World and developed countries.

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