Gentle Civilizer of Nations by Martti Koskenniemi
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Gentle Civilizer of Nations
By Martti Koskenniemi

The Gentle Civilizer of Nations

The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960

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Gentle Civilizer of Nations by Martti Koskenniemi

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  • Winner of American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit 2002.

Book Description

International 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521623117
ISBN-10: 0521623111
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 37mm)
Pages: 584
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Cambridge Companion to International Law by Martti Koskenniemi 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 by Martti Koskenniemi 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 by Martti Koskenniemi From Apology to Utopia, Hardback (February 2006)

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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