Ian Johnstone

About/Bio

Ian Johnstone is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 2013-15, he served as Academic Dean. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on International Organizations and co-authoring The Law and Practice of the United Nations (2nd edition, OUP, forthcoming).

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Are Functionalism’s Flaws Fatal?

Jan Klabbers’ two decades of “obsession” with functionalism as a theory of international organizations law (IOL) pays off in this article. It is a highly perceptive analysis of the evolution of functionalism, arguing that it made sense when created more than a century ago, but its explanatory and prescriptive power began to erode almost immediately as…

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