Law & GEOPOlitics
Geopolitics, as a method of analysis, consist in studying the strategies, the power relationships and the representations of actors in a conflict for or about territories.
By nature, geopolitical rivalries are necessarily linked to questions of law since they engage the legal framework structuring the relationship between those actors and can result in the contestation or violation of those rules. It is for example the case when a State challenges the borders of its neighbor, or when a State is victim of a violation of its sovereignty by another State or non-state actor.
The law, as a field of study, is therefore intrinsically linked to geopolitics. It is a tool for both understanding and analyzing ongoing conflicts, it can help actors engaged in a conflict to reaffirm their position, weaken that of their adversaries, to, in the end, tilt the balance of power in their favor.
The law then becomes a real strategical asset.