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International law and its histories: methodological risks and opportunities

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International law and its histories : methodological risks and opportunities. / Vadi, Valentina.

In: Harvard International Law Journal, Vol. 58, No. 2, 01.04.2017, p. 311-352.

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Vadi, V 2017, 'International law and its histories: methodological risks and opportunities', Harvard International Law Journal, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 311-352.

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Vadi, V. (2017). International law and its histories: methodological risks and opportunities. Harvard International Law Journal, 58(2), 311-352.

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Vadi V. International law and its histories: methodological risks and opportunities. Harvard International Law Journal. 2017 Apr 1;58(2):311-352.

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Vadi, Valentina. / International law and its histories : methodological risks and opportunities. In: Harvard International Law Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 58, No. 2. pp. 311-352.

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