Towards an Emancipatory International Law: the Bolivarian reconstruction

Mohsen al Attar, Rosalie Miller

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In this article, we argue that a unique South American treaty known as ALBA—the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas—puts forward a cohesive counter-vision of international law rooted in notions of complementarity and human solidarity. We further argue that Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholars might use this initiative as a springboard to push forward a long-overdue reform of the international legal regime. While, on its own, ALBA is unlikely to pose much of a challenge to the structural imbalances that permeate global society, when juxtaposed alongside the many initiatives of the Bolivarian Revolution, it appears to possess signi?cant democratic potential. With both scholarly and popular support, ALBA may even have the capability of sparking a renewal of a united Third World movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-363
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jun 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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