Egocentric Bias in Perceptions of Customary International Law

I just posted a draft of a chapter that I’m contributing to International Law as Behavior (Harlan G. Cohen & Timothy Meyer eds., forthcoming Cambridge University Press), an edited volume that will offer interdisciplinary analyses on a variety of topics in international law. Here’s the abstract for the chapter, which is available on SSRN:

A long line of research in social psychology has established that, due to egocentric biases, individuals often fare poorly at discerning norms. This chapter identifies and explains two of those biases–the False Consensus Effect and the False Uniqueness Effect–and then explores their relevance and implications for efforts to identify customary international law.

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