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Title: International law as primitive accumulation: Or, the secret of systematic colonization
Authors: Neocleous, M
Keywords: Primitive accumulation;Critical international legal theory;Capital;Colonisation;International law;Marx
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: European Journal of International law, 23(4), 941 - 962, 2013
Abstract: This article aims to bring the category of ‘primitive accumulation’ into the vocabulary of critical and Marxist international legal theory. It does so by first elaborating the critique of international law that has recently developed through the lens of colonialism, by bringing to bear on the issue Marx’s thinking about colonization and thus his arguments concerning accumulation. In so doing the article also seeks to be an immanent critique of critical international legal theory itself, by suggesting that critical international legal theory is limited by its failure to properly use and think through what Marx might offer. The bulk of the article involves some historical claims, but the central argument is theoretical: offering a category to consolidate the connections that have been made among capital, colonization and international law. This requires a revelation of the secret of Marx’s Capital; the secret of capital and the secret of systematic colonization, all of which takes us to the secret of international law.
Description: This article is available open access through the publisher’s website at the link below. Copyright © The Author, 2012.
ISSN: 1464-3596
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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