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CARRILLO SANTARELLI, Nicolás. The “Artistic” Influence of Emotions and Empathy in the Content, Interpretation and Effectiveness of International Law. Anu. Mex. Der. Inter [online]. 2017, vol.17, pp.65-111. ISSN 1870-4654.

Emotions are part of the multiple dimensions of human experience and activities. International Law, as a social construction, is thus prone to be subject to its influence. Such influence can be channeled by different participants which interact with that law in processes of legal creation, invocation or interpretation, taking advantage of the universal language of international law and enhancing their discourses with emotional overtones. Furthermore, certain emotional strategies, with can either employ legal or extra-legal vessels as movies, art or games can either generate empathy, promoting changes in normative contento or action in order to have solidarity with those who suffer; or to increase or affect the effectiveness of international law.

Keywords : emotions; international law; expressive effects; effectiveness; non-state actors.

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