International law is often assumed to produce policy choices that are better than choices made without the help of international law - more just, more fair, more sustainable, or more progressive. This assumption leads to an 'enchanted' view of international law, which sees international law as a natural and a-political solution to political problems. In this new essay I explore this enchanted attitude alongside a 'disenchanted' alternative that is more attentive to the power and politics of international legalization.

Ian Hurd, "Enchanted and Disenchanted International Law," Global Policy, December 2015.