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International Law and Japanese Sovereignty: The Emerging Global Order in the 19th Century

ISBN13: 9781137571083
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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How does a nation become a great power? A global order was emerging in the nineteenth century, one in which all nations were included

This book explores the multiple legal grounds of Meiji Japan's assertion of sovereign statehood within that order: natural law, treaty law, international administrative law, and the laws of war. Contrary to arguments that Japan was victimized by 'unequal' treaties, or that Japan was required to meet a 'standard of civilization' before it could participate in international society, Howland argues that the Westernizing Japanese state was a player from the start. In the midst of contradictions between law and imperialism, Japan expressed state will and legal acumen as an equal of the Western powers - international incidents in Japanese waters, disputes with foreign powers on Japanese territory, and the prosecution of interstate war.

As a member of international administrative unions, Japan worked with fellow members to manage technical systems such as the telegraph and the post. As a member of organizations such as the International Law Association and as a leader at the Hague Peace Conferences, Japan helped to expand international law. By 1907, Japan was the first non-western state to join the ranks of the great powers.

Public International Law, Other Jurisdictions , Japan
1. International Legal Grounds for State Sovereignty
2. The Family of Nations and Conflict of Laws
3. Territorial Sovereignty and Extraterritorial Privilege
4. The Alternative Order of International Administration
5. Mastering the International Laws of War
6. Japan Among the Great Powers