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'Something like the principles of British liberalism': Ivor Jennings and the international and domestic, 1920–1960


Clark, M, 'Something like the principles of British liberalism': Ivor Jennings and the international and domestic, 1920-1960, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 71, (2) pp. 157-174. ISSN 0029-3105 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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While the relationship between domestic and international law provoked constant debate among European jurists in the interwar years, British thinking is remembered as orthodoxly dualist and practice-focused. Complicating this narrative, this article revisits Ivor Jennings’ work, arguing that the domestic and international were central to his understandings of interwar legal change in the imperial and international communities. Part One examines Jennings’ seemingly forgotten 1920s works, which analysed constitutional and international interactions within the rapidly changing imperial system. Part Two explores Jennings’ turn to international and domestic forms of the rule of law in the lead-up to war, emphasising their British liberal heritage. Part Three shows how these conceptions, and their imperial connections, echoed in Jennings’ post-war projects: a European federation modelled on the Empire; and lectures to decolonising states. This reveals both new angles to Jennings’ work and the importance of the domestic and international for constitutional legacies of empire.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:international law, domestic law, public law, imperial constitution, interwar period, W Ivor Jennings
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International criminal law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Clark, M (Mr Martin Clark)
ID Code:140433
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-08-17
Last Modified:2020-09-22
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