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EVENT: The Death of this Norm is Greatly Exaggerated

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This paper argues that the literature on ‘norm death’ is both empirically and theoretically flawed. This literature has argued that a wide range of norms, such as the norm against torture, the norm requiring declarations of war, the norm against mercenary use, and the norm against unrestricted submarine warfare, are either ‘dead’ or under significant challenge. The literature argues that the cause of norm death is widespread violation. We argue, in contrast, that these norms are not dead, and that it is more useful to think of norm obsolescence, modification, and replacement. We argue that norm death is unlikely because norms are surprisingly resilient, because they have long life-spans; because implementation makes them hard to alter; and because they are embedded in in wider complexes of norms.

Sarah Percy moved to UQ from UWA in 2016. Prior to her appointment at UWA, Sarah was University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford (Merton College). At Oxford, Sarah was on the steering committee of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. Sarah did her M.Phil and D.Phil as a Commonwealth Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford.
Speaker(s) Associate Professor Sarah Percy
Location Social Sciences building, room 2.63
Contact Jasmin Schult <jasmin.schult@uwa.edu.au>
Start Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00
End Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:00
Submitted by Jasmin Schult <jasmin.schult@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:20
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