Monism v. Dualism

Monism v. Dualism

There are two ways to approach the relationship between international and domestic law and they have very different implications in practice.


In this lesson we’ll discuss a crucial theoretical distinction for the application of international law to the domestic context. We’ll consider two approaches, those of monism and dualism.

I.               Domestic Application of International Law

As discussed in other lectures, the focus of international law is the interactions between states. However, respect for the sovereignty of individual states doesn’t mean that...