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Multi-Civilizational International Law in the Multi-Centric 21st Century World: Transformation of West-Centric to Global International Law as Seen from a Trans-Civilizational Perspective

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This chapter deals with the problem of West-centrism and perceptions held by Western and non-Western peoples on international law. It explores how humanity as a whole came to regard today's international law as the law of international society covering the entire globe. The chapter elucidates the process of globalisation of European international law and its acceptance as global international law by non-Europeans during the modern period. It discusses the on-going process of transformation of West-centric international law to global international law in the civilizational sense. The transformation of European to global international law must be elucidated not only from an international perspective, which pays attention to relations between nations or States. By liberating ourselves from West-centrism and adopting trans-civilizational perspectives, one can obtain perspectives that are more relevant and responsive to the realities of the 21st-century world.

Keywords: 21st-century world; European international law; global international law; international society; trans-civilizational perspectives; West-centrism



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