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Events: The Force of International Law

Edited by: Fleur Johns, Richard Joyce, Sundhya Pahuja

ISBN13: 9780415668460
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback 2010)
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Events: The Force of International Law presents an analysis of international law, centred upon those historical and recent events in which international law has exerted, or acquired, its force.

From Spanish colonization and the Peace of Westphalia, through the release of Nelson Mandela and the Rwandan genocide, and to recent international trade negotiations and the 'torture memos', each chapter in this book focuses on a specific international legal event. Short and accessible to the non-specialist reader, these chapters consider what forces are put into play when international law is invoked, as it is so frequently today, by lawyers, laypeople, or leaders.

At the same time, they also reflect on what is entailed in naming these ‘events’ of international law and how international law grapples with their disruptive potential. Engaging economic, military, cultural, political, philosophical and technical fields, Events: The Force of International Law will be of interest to international lawyers and scholars of international relations, legal history, diplomatic history, war and/or peace studies, and legal theory.

It is also intended to be read and appreciated by anyone familiar with appeals to international law from the general media, and curious about the limits and possibilities occasioned, or the forces mobilised, by that appeal.

Public International Law
Foreword, Martti Koskenniemi
1. Introduction, Fleur Johns, Richard Joyce & Sundhya Pahuja
2. The International Law in Force: Anachronistic Ethics and Divine Violence, Jennifer Beard
3. Absolute Contingency and the Prescriptive Force of International Law, Chiapas-Valladolid, ca.
1550, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
4. Latin Roots: The Force of International Law as Event, Peter Fitzpatrick
5. Westphalia: Event, Memory, Myth, Richard Joyce
6. The Force of a Doctrine: Art.
38 of the PCIJ Statute and the Sources of International Law, Thomas Skouteris
7. Paris 1793 and 1871: Levée en Masse as Event, Gerry Simpson
8. Decolonisation and the Eventness of International Law, Sundhya Pahuja
9. Postwar to New World Order and Post-Socialist Transition: 1989 As Pseudo-Event, Scott Newton
10. The Liberation of Nelson Mandela: Anatomy of a "Happy Event" in International Law, Frédéric Mégret
11. Political Trials as Events, Emilios Christodoulidis
12. The Tokyo Women’s Tribunal and the Turn to Fiction, Karen Knop
13. Many Hundred Thousand Bodies Later: An Analysis of the ‘Legacy’ of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Denise Ferreira da Silva
14. From the State to the Union: International Law and the Appropriation of the New Europe, Patricia Tuitt
15. The Emergence of the World Trade Organization: Another Triumph of Corporate Capitalism? Fiona Macmillan
16. The World Trade Organisation and Development: Victory of ‘Rational Choice’? Donatella Alessandrini
17. Protesting the WTO in Seattle: Transnational Citizen Action, International Law and the Event, Ruth Buchanan
18. Globalism, Memory and 9/11: A Critical Third World Perspective, Obiora Chinedu Okafor
19. Provoking International Law: War and Regime Change in Iraq, John Strawson
20. The Torture Memos, Fleur Johns