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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Power and Law in International Society: International Relations as the Sociology of International Law

ISBN13: 9781138804609
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book assesses how international law and its institutions may be relevant and influence the course of international relations, in other words the relationship between power and law. This is done in relation to five regimes; international trade, environmental protection, human rights, criminal justice and use of force.

The majority of international law literature focuses on the content of international rules (i.e. regimes) but has a tendency to ignore why these regimes exist and to what extent the rules actually affect state behaviour. The assumption is that states follow international law when the reality sometimes tells us differently. Turning to international relations literature, some scholars - as represented in their publications – focus on theories based on the distribution of power among states and ignore the existence and relevance of international law. In contrast, Power and Law in International Society examines theories of international relations, international law and formal institutions as well as an account of empirical research on the relevance of international law for the behaviour of states.

This book has three main themes. First, the book will explain the foundations of international society from an inter-disciplinary perspective relaying on legal studies as well as international relations. Second, the book will examine variations in the degree of legalization in terms of obligation, precision, delegation and state acceptance. Finally, the book will give an account of the empirical research on the relevance of international law for the behaviour of states.

This book will be of great interest to scholars of international law and international relations.

Law and Society
Part I: An Interdisciplinary Approach
1. Introduction
2. Approaches to International Regimes, Power and Law

Part II: Themes and Regimes in International Law and International Relations
3. International Trade
4. Environmental Protection
5. Human Rights
6. International Criminal Justice
7. Use Of Force

Part III: Conclusion
8. Reconciling International Law and International Relations