From Apology to Utopia
The Structure of International Legal Argument
By (author) Martti Koskenniemi
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From Apology to Utopia by Martti Koskenniemi
Book DescriptionThis book presents a critical view of international law as an argumentative practice that aims to 'depoliticise' international relations. Drawing from a range of materials, Koskenniemi demonstrates how international law becomes vulnerable to the contrasting criticisms of being either an irrelevant moralist Utopia or a manipulable facade 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. This book was originally published in English in Finland in 1989 and though it quickly became a classic, it has been out of print for some years. In 2006, Cambridge was proud to reissue this seminal text, together with a freshly written Epilogue in which the author both responds to critiques of the original work, and reflects on the effect and significance of his 'deconstructive' approach today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521838061
(228mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martti Koskenniemi
International Law and Empire, Hardback (December 2016)
By examining the relationship between international law and empire from early modernity to the present, this volume improves current understandings of the way international legal institutions, practices, and narratives have shaped imperial ideas about and structures of world governance.
Cambridge Companion to International Law, Paperback (January 2012)
A concise, intellectually rigorous and politically and theoretically informed introduction to the context, grammar, techniques and projects of international law.
Politics of International Law, Paperback (June 2011)
These essays examine political and humanitarian intervention, collective security, protection of human rights and the 'fight against impunity'.
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This 2006 reissue presents a view of international law as a practice that aims to 'depoliticise' international relations.
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Author Biography - Martti Koskenniemi
University of Helsinki.
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