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Rethinking International Legal Narrative

Concerning Nineteenth Century China:

Seeking China's Intellectual Connection to

International Law

        Xiaoshi Zhang
     University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


The standard of civilization is haunting international legal studies. The problem re-
mains whether  the non-Western traditions are legitimate sources for international
governance. Although legal scholars sometimes approach international law from dif-
ferent perspectives or from a particular experience, at last, they are still writing about
one international law that are supposed to apply to all nation-states without differen-
tiation. The future outlook of international law partly depends on if there are real and
lasting Asian intellectual connections with international law and whether the Asian
inspirations could find their expression in the existing international legal framework.
After exploring the existing discourse on China's reception of international law in the
nineteenth century, the paper suggests that Qing China's statesmen had a vision for
co-existence of international legal system and the China oriented tributary system.


China - history - nineteenth century - international law

International lawyers make   history by citing precedents and  providing le-
gitimacy for state behavior. In an age of universal rule of law, the word of

*  I would like to thank IGLP Harvard Law School, TAU Junior Scholars Workshop and Asian
   Society of International Law.

   XIAOSHI ZHANG, 2018 DOI 10.1163/23525207-12340029
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