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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which develops both New Approaches to International Law (NAIL) and Third World approaches to international law (TWAIL) agendas by focusing on the discursive practices used in International Court of Justice (ICJ) disputes. With its status as the pre-eminent international legal body, the ICJ elicits significant scholarly attention. The book is concerned with international legal discourse in a postcolonial era and the cultural lens it relies on is the Arab experience. Arab states hailing from a rich and distinct cultural and legal tradition serve as a focus. By exploring one part of the geographical, cultural and discursive world, the universality of international law can be interrogated. Both the United Nations (UN) and the ICJ have drawn attention to Arab civilisation in the official use of Arabic and the appointment of Arab judges.

Keywords: Arab civilisation; International Court of Justice (ICJ) disputes; International law



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