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Eurocentrism, TWAIL, Global South, Africa, International Law


This Chapter draws on Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) in examining the question: how does the research and teaching of international law in the Global South challenge Eurocentrism in international law. The Chapter focuses on the emergent activities within Global South that pluralize Eurocentric international law’s dominance in the research production, teaching, and practice arenas. The Chapter pushes against the unfair over-representation of European countries in the scholarly production and institutions of international law. To illustrate the often-underexplored regional diversity of international law outside Europe, the Chapter reflects on the contemporary roles of critical Global South scholars and scholarship in international law, and the sub-fields of international investment law and international human rights law to pluralize the epistemological foundations of the substantive field of international law.


This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of a chapter accepted for publication in The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Europe following peer review. The version of record Makane M Mbengue & Olabisi D Akinkugbe, "The Criticism of Eurocentrism and International Law: Countering and Pluralizing the Research, Teaching, and Practice of Eurocentric International Law", in Anne Van Aaken, et al, eds, The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Europe (Forthcoming) will be updated when published.