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The American Tradition of International Law

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ISBN13: 9780198262589
ISBN: 0198262582
Published: September 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £56.00

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This volume, the first of two, charts the history and emergence of international law in the American common law tradition, from its English roots in the late 18th century to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. At the end of the 18th century it made little sense anywhere in the English-speaking world to talk of either international law or international lawyers, and yet fifty years later, international law had become a commonplace linguistic, legal, and political reality in America, and international lawyering had become a thriving profession.

How do we account for the rise of international law in the United States? The answer cannot be simple, and it may never be complete. Yet, approaching this question may enable us to better account for the state of American international law today and to help to predict its future. The author addresses this complex issue by grouping those who played a part in the intellectual development of international law by their several roles: jurists, lawyers, judges, utopians, scientists, dreamers, and diplomats. Some individuals, of course, have acted several parts. He considers the history and development of the discipline from the very creation of the

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CHAPTER ONE; The English Legacy- The Law of Nations and International Law
CHAPTER TWO; The Jurists- the International law of Christendom
CHAPTER THREE ;The Lawyers and Judges- International Law in the Courtroom and the Constitution
CHAPTER FOUR; The Utopians- International Law and World Peace
CHAPTER FIVE; The Scientists- The Codification and Science of International Law
CHAPTER SIX; Dreamers and Diplomats- The Promise of International Law