From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument

From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument

by Martti Koskenniemi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521546966

ISBN-13: 9780521546966

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Drawing from a range of materials, Martti Koskenniemi demonstrates how international law becomes vulnerable to the contrasting criticisms of being either an irrelevant moralist Utopia or a manipulable façade for State interests. He examines the conflicts inherent in international law—sources, sovereignty, 'custom' and 'world order—and shows how legal

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Drawing from a range of materials, Martti Koskenniemi demonstrates how international law becomes vulnerable to the contrasting criticisms of being either an irrelevant moralist Utopia or a manipulable façade for State interests. He examines the conflicts inherent in international law—sources, sovereignty, 'custom' and 'world order—and shows how legal discourse about such subjects can be described in terms of a small number of argumentative rules. Originally published in English in Finland in 1989, this reissue includes a newly written Epilogue by the author.

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ISBN-13:
9780521546966
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

1. Objectivity in international law: conventional dilemmas; 2. Doctrinal history: the liberal doctrine of politics and its effect on international law; 3. The structure of modern doctrines; 4. Sovereignty; 5. Sources; 6. Custom; 7. Variations of world order: the structure of international legal argument; 8. Beyond objectivism; Epilogue; Bibliography and table of cases.

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