Victors' Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad

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Victors’ Justice is a potent and articulate polemic against the manipulation of international penal law by the West, combining historical detail, juridical precision and philosophical analysis. Zolo’s key thesis is that contemporary international law functions as a two-track system: a made-to-measure law for the hegemons and their allies, on the one hand, and a punitive regime for the losers and the disadvantaged, on the other. Though it constantly advertised its impartiality and universalism, international law ...
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Overview

Victors’ Justice is a potent and articulate polemic against the manipulation of international penal law by the West, combining historical detail, juridical precision and philosophical analysis. Zolo’s key thesis is that contemporary international law functions as a two-track system: a made-to-measure law for the hegemons and their allies, on the one hand, and a punitive regime for the losers and the disadvantaged, on the other. Though it constantly advertised its impartiality and universalism, international law served to bolster and legitimize, ever since the Tokyo and Nuremberg trials, a fundamentally unilateral and unequal international order.
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“Zolo has developed an illuminating and unusually coherent critique of the international legal order, its aspirations, its many uses, its successes and failures.”—Chase Madar, London Review of Books

Victors’ Justice will certainly stimulate the intellectual debate surrounding international justice in the modern world.”—Parameters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673179
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,308,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Danilo Zolo is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the University of Florence. He is the author of several books, including Democracy and Complexity, Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government; Invoking Humanity: War, Law and Global Order; and Victors’ Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad.
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Table of Contents

1 The Crirninalization of War

2 Humanitarian War

3 The Universality of Rights and Humanitarian War

4 Preventive Global War

5 Empire and War

6 The Reasons behind Terrorism

7 From Nuremberg to Baghdad

Bibliography

Index

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