The Politics of International Law

The Politics of International Law

by Christian Reus-Smit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521837669

ISBN-13: 9780521837668

Pub. Date: 05/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Politics and law appear deeply entwined in contemporary international relations. Yet existing perspectives struggle to understand the complex interplay between these aspects of international life. In this volume, a group of leading international relations scholars and legal theorists advance a new constructivist perspective on the politics of international law. They…  See more details below

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Politics and law appear deeply entwined in contemporary international relations. Yet existing perspectives struggle to understand the complex interplay between these aspects of international life. In this volume, a group of leading international relations scholars and legal theorists advance a new constructivist perspective on the politics of international law. They reconceive politics as a field of human action that stands at the intersection of issues of identity, purpose, ethics, and strategy, and define law as an historically contingent institutional expression of such politics. They explain how liberal politics has conditioned modern international law and how law 'feeds back' to constitute international relations and world politics. This new perspective on the politics of international law is illustrated through detailed case-studies of the use of force, climate change, landmines, migrant rights, the International Criminal Court, the Kosovo bombing campaign, international financial institutions, and global governance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521837668
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #96
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The politics of international law14
3When states use armed force45
4Soft law, hard politics, and the climate change treaty80
5Emerging customary norms and anti-personnel landmines106
6International law, politics, and migrant rights131
7The international criminal court151
8The Kosovo bombing campaign189
9International financial institutions217
10Law, politics, and international governance238
11Society, power, and ethics272

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