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Description - From Apology to Utopia by Martti Koskenniemi

This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521838061
ISBN-10: 0521838061
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martti Koskenniemi

University of Helsinki.

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