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Why do states comply? - A game theoretic approach to international law

Bengtsson, Simon LU (2018) LAGF03 20182
Department of Law
Faculty of Law
Abstract
The absence of a central enforcement mechanism in international law has often raised the question of why international law is complied with. Several possible motives and whole theories have been put forth to explain it. This thesis is an attempt at demonstrating how international law can be upheld even if the actors within the legal system are self-interested rational actors. The model is constructed within a rational choice framework. Finally it is shown how under certain conditions, mutual compliance can be achieved.
Abstract (Swedish)
Frånvaron av en central mekanism för att försäkra reglers efterlevnad inom folkrätten har ofta väckt frågan om varför reglerna faktiskt efterlevs. Flera möjliga motiv och hela teorier har föreslagits som förklaringar. Den här uppsatsen är ett försök att demonstrera hur folkrätten kan upprätthållas även om det skulle vara så att det folkrättsliga systemets består av rationella egennyttiga aktörer. Slutligen visas hur vissa förutsättningar leder till att folkrättsliga avtal kan upprätthållas.
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author
Bengtsson, Simon LU
supervisor
organization
course
LAGF03 20182
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
folkrätt, public international law, rättsvetenskap, law, game theory
language
English
id
8965816
date added to LUP
2019-03-10 13:54:36
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2019-03-10 13:54:36
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  abstract     = {The absence of a central enforcement mechanism in international law has often raised the question of why international law is complied with. Several possible motives and whole theories have been put forth to explain it. This thesis is an attempt at demonstrating how international law can be upheld even if the actors within the legal system are self-interested rational actors. The model is constructed within a rational choice framework. Finally it is shown how under certain conditions, mutual compliance can be achieved.},
  author       = {Bengtsson, Simon},
  keyword      = {folkrätt,public international law,rättsvetenskap,law,game theory},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Why do states comply? - A game theoretic approach to international law},
  year         = {2018},
}