The (Un)practical Secularization Process: International Law and Religion as Social Realities

Douglas de Castro


The long debate about separation of International law and religion might be traced since the Peace of Westphalia. However, empirical evidence shows that not only both have been closely connected ontologically but instrumental to each other to realize their objectives. This article applies the tenets of the social theory propagation approach: phenomenology and rhetoric to identify the links between international law and religion in history to identify the dialectic existence between them, and how unpractical is secularization as “preached” by mainstream academic considering the social realities experienced in both fields.


International Law; Religion; Secularism; Phenomenology; Rhetoric; TWAIL

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ISSN 2236-997X (impresso) - ISSN 2237-1036 (on-line)

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