Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law

  • Janne E. NijmanEmail author
  • Wouter G. Werner
Part of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law book series (NYIL, volume 43)


Legal equality of states is a fundamental principle of international law. The contributions in this special volume examine this principle in today’s international law context while engaging also with Pieter Kooijmans’ book The Doctrine of the Legal Equality of States. This chapter introduces this 1964 book and briefly discusses the various contributions in the present volume against the background of this book.


Cosmopolitanism Human rights International community Legal equality Sovereignty 


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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the author(s) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of European and International Law, Faculty of LawUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Transnational Legal Studies,, Faculty of LawFree University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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