'The Divided West': International Lawyers in Europe and America

G. Verdirame
2007 European journal of international law  
It is well known that signifi cant differences exist in international law scholarship between the United States and Europe. Even when they share a positive outlook on the role and future of international law -as Philippe Sands and Anne-Marie Slaughter do -the intellectual approach and analytical style of European and American international lawyers often vary considerably. A complex and fascinating intellectual history lies behind these differences. Its main chapters are the emergence on the two
more » ... sides of the Atlantic of different assumptions about sovereignty in the modern world; the role of science in legal argument and the relationship between the actual and the normative, areas of thought shaped in the United States by the philosophy of pragmatism which had a marginal infl uence in Europe; and the deep-seated rule-scepticism that defi nes much American thinking about the law but is not for the most part a feature of the European approach to the law in general and to international law in particular. Subject to the necessary cautions and disclaimers which must accompany any refl ection on general trends in two large and heterogeneous intellectual communities, this analysis seeks to draw attention to these trends as illustrated in the recent work of Sands and Slaughter.
doi:10.1093/ejil/chm032 fatcat:pw4fp3l3n5arpfca4bds2xiqei