International Law is Western Made Global Law: the perception of Third World Category: Perception of Third World Category

Brian Ikejiaku

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Abstract

The way in which international law has been constructed and reconstructed over the ages in favour of the Western countries has driven Third-World categories to perceive international law as ‘a global law made by the West’ for the purpose of controlling global undertakings. In the past, international law was used by the Westerners to legitimise colonialism and all their acts of exploitation in the developing countries. In the modern period, international law is predominantly used to protect, project and promote (3Ps) the interest of the Westerners. This includes their multinational businesses scattered globally, and protectionist bid against terrorist attacks. This paper uses theoretical, critical and multidisciplinary approach to examine this perception of international law by third-world category, and finds that construction and reconstruction of international law in the favour of the Western countries has been one key instrument that perpetuate severe inequality between the global-North and global-South, which in turn hampers efforts toward global-peace and security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-356
Number of pages20
JournalThe African Journal of Legal Studies
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Third World
  • Global North
  • humanitarianism/human rights
  • global security
  • International law and development
  • Global South
  • Inequality
  • global peace

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