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The Political Theology of International Law of Belligerent Occupation
Friend or Foe? The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt (2013)
  • Matilda Arvidsson, Lund University
Abstract

While international law is often understood as teleological in its nature, encompassing notions such as progression, development, and prosperity for all of human kind, in my presentation I suggest an understanding of international law of belligerent occupation as eschatological. This suggestion flows from an attempt to put Schmitt’s famous claim that “all significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts” into use, and to do so in an analysis of the seemingly paradoxical notions of preservation and transformation within international law of belligerent occupation.

Keywords
  • International law of belligerent occupation,
  • Carl Schmitt; political theology; eschatology
Publication Date
Summer June 17, 2013
Citation Information
Matilda Arvidsson. "The Political Theology of International Law of Belligerent Occupation" Friend or Foe? The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matilda_arvidsson/46/