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The Politics of International Law

ISBN13: 9781841139395
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Today international law is everywhere. Wars are declared and conducted in its name, and in its name rights are both protected and renounced. It is also international law which determines who owns and uses the world's scarcest resources.

Thus international law is part of a dangerous and unjust world, a part of how we are governed globally. But it can also be used to challenge aspects of this world and to give voice to projects which seek to transform the institutions of global governance.

In this collection of essays Professor Martti Koskenniemi, a well known practitioner and one of the great theorists and historians of international law examines the recent debates on humanitarian intervention, collective security, protection of human rights and the "fight against impunity" and reflects on the use of the professional techniques of international law to intervene politically.

The essays both illustrate and expand his influential theory of the critical role of international law in international politics. The book is prefaced with an introduction by Professor Emmanuelle Jouannet (Sorbonne Law School) which locates the texts in the overall thought and work of Martti Koskenniemi.

Public International Law
Part I: The Politics of International Law
1. Between Apology to Utopia: The Politics of International Law
2. The Politics of International Law - 20 Years Later

Part II: The Law and Politics of Collective Security
3. The Place of Law in Collective Security
4. 'The Lady Doth Protest Too Much': Kosovo, and the Turn to Ethics in International Law

Part III: The Politics of Human Rights
5. The Effect of Rights on Political Culture
6. Human Rights, Politics and Love

Part IV: Limits and Possibilities of International Law
7. Between Impunity and Show Trials
8. Faith, Identity, and the Killing of the Innocent: International Lawyers and Nuclear Weapons
9. International Law and Hegemony: a Reconfiguration
10. What is International Law For?

Part V: The Spirit of International Law
11. Between Commitment and Cynicism: Outline for a Theory of International Law as Practice
12. Style as Method: Letter to the Editors of the Symposium
13. Miserable Comforters: International Relations as New Natural Law
14. The Fate of Public International Law: Between Technique and Politics