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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which compares British and Canadian perspectives on public international law. British and Canadian legal actors show an openness to comparative and international law which invites scholarly treatment under a transnational paradigm. Both the British and Canadian governments - at least on a theoretical level - hold multilateralism in high regard and are "joiners" and strong supporters of international organizations. The chapters in the book compare positions across a variety of actors (courts, media, governments and corporations) and across several subcategories of international law (including international criminal law, human rights, and refugee law). The pattern which emerges is a general orientation to international rules and comfort with the transnational legal process - the book is after all part of that process - in both Britain and Canada.

Keywords: British legal actors; Canadian legal actors; comparative law; human rights; public international law; transnational legal process



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