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From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument

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ISBN13: 9780521546966
ISBN: 0521546966
Published: January 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £44.99

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Presents a critical view of international law as an argumentative practice that aims to ‘depoliticise’ international relations. Drawing from a range of materials, Koskenniemi demonstrates how international law becomes vulnerable to the contrasting criticisms of being either an irrelevant moralist Utopia or a manipulable façade for State interests. He examines the conflicts inherent in international law - sources, sovereignty, ‘custom’ and ‘world order’ - and shows how legal discourse about such subjects can be described in terms of a small number of argumentative rules.

This book was originally published in English in Finland in 1989 and though it quickly became a classic, it has been out of print for some years. Cambridge is proud to reissue this seminal text, together with a freshly written Epilogue in which the author both responds to critiques of the original work, and reflects on the effect and significance of his ‘deconstructive’ approach today.

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Public International Law
1. Objectivity in international law: conventional dilemmas
2. Doctrinal history: the liberal doctrine of politics and its effect on international law
3. The structure of modern doctrines
4. Sovereignty
5. Sources
6. Custom
7. Variations of world order: the structure of international legal argument
8. Beyond objectivism
Bibliography and table of cases.