The Gentle Civilizer of Nations
The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960
By (author) Martti Koskenniemi
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Gentle Civilizer of Nations by Martti Koskenniemi
Book DescriptionInternational law was born from the impulse to 'civilize' late nineteenth-century attitudes towards race and society, argues Martti Koskenniemi in this extensive study of the rise and fall of modern international law. In a work of wide-ranging intellectual scope, now available for the first time in paperback, Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late nineteenth century, and its subsequent decline after the Second World War. He combines legal analysis, historical and political critique and semi-biographical studies of key figures (including Hans Kelsen, Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau); he also considers the role of crucial institutions (the Institut de droit international, the League of Nations). His discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 'instrumentalism'. This book provides a unique reflection on the possibility of critical international law today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521623117
(228mm x 152mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martti Koskenniemi
International Law and Empire, Hardback (January 2017)
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'.
From Apology to Utopia, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by Martti Koskenniemi
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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