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International Law on the Left: Re-examining Marxist Legacies

Edited by: Susan Marks

ISBN13: 9780521882552
Published: March 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Price on Application
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521187626

Against expectations that the turn away from state socialism would likewise initiate a turn away from Marxist thought, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Marxism and its reassessment by a new generation of theorists. This book pursues that interest with specific reference to international law. It presents a sustained and ground-breaking exploration of the pertinence of Marxist ideas, concepts and analytical practices for international legal enquiry from a wide range of different angles.

Discussion encompasses the relationship between Marxism and critical approaches to international law, Soviet international legal theory and the earlier work on international law of E. B. Pashukanis, the bearing of Marxism for the analysis of international trade law and human rights, and the significance for international legal enquiry of such Marxist concepts as the commodity, praxis and exploitation.

  • Chapters cover diverse topics, giving authors a multi-layered understanding of the subject
  • Contributors differ in perspectives, thus illustrating the debate and the diverse positions within it
  • Contributors differ in analytical styles, and the subject is therefore treated with a variety of approaches

Public International Law
1. What should international lawyers learn from Karl Marx? Martti Koskenniemi
2. An outline of a Marxist course on public international law B. S. Chimni
3. The commodity-form theory of international law: an introduction China Miéville
4. Positivism versus self-determination: the contradictions of Soviet international law Bill Bowring
5. Marxism and international law: perspectives for the American (twenty-first) century? Tony Carty
6. Toward a radical political economy critique of transnational economic law A. Claire Cutler
7. Marxian insights for the Human Rights Project Brad Roth
8. Marxian embraces (and de-couplings) in Upendra Baxi’s Human Rights scholarship: a case study Obiora Okafor
9. Exploitation as an international legal concept Susan Marks.