This Article has a simple hypothesis: selectivity in international law increases as international relations become more symmetrical. Conversely, international law becomes more universal as asymmetry grows. This relationship holds true during the modern period. Its existence in turn supports the theoretical claim that the content of international law reflects the rational interests of those actors that make it.
Stephan, Paul B.
"Symmetry and Selectivity: What Happens in International Law When the World Changes,"
Chicago Journal of International Law:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cjil/vol10/iss1/6