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The Politics of International Law

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Overview

Politics and law appear deeply entwined in contemporary international relations. Leading scholars accordingly advance a new perspective on the politics of international law in this volume. They redefine the nature of politics and demonstrate how modern politics has conditioned the nature of international law. This new perspective is illustrated through 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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'… this is a superb volume that makes an important contribution to the study of both International Relations and international law. It contains a skilful blend of theoretical innovation and high-quality empiricism and is sure to become standard reading in a range of different settings. In no small part because of this book it is likely that we will see a proliferation of university courses on the 'politics of international law' and the continued flourishing of research and debate on this important issue.' International Affairs

'… The Politics of International Law [] has something to offer to both practitioners and theoreticians of international law: a new perspective on the functioning of politics, a richer understanding of the function of law in international society, and a more sophisticated approach to some of the foundational concepts of the international legal system.' Wouter G. Werner, Leiden journal of International Law

'… has something to offer to both practitioners and theoreticians of international law …' Leiden Journal of International Law

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Meet the Author

Christian Reus-Smit is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Department of International Relations in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is author of American Power and World Order (2004), The Moral Purpose of the State (1999) and co-author of Theories of International Relations (2001).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Christian Reus-Smit; 2. The politics of international law Christian Reus-Smit; 3. When states use armed force Dino Kritsiotis; 4. Soft law, hard politics, and the Climate Change Treaty Robyn Eckersley; 5. Emerging customary norms, and anti-personnel landmines Richard Price; 6. International law, politics, and migrant rights Amy Gurowitz; 7. The International Criminal Court David Wippman; 8. The Kosovo bombing campaign Nicholas Wheeler; 9. International financial institutions Antony Anghie; 10. Law, politics, and international governance Wayne Sandholtz and Alec Stone Sweet; 11. Socety, power, and ethics Christian Reus-Smit.

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