The Gentle Civilizer of Nations

The Gentle Civilizer of Nations

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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.Legal doctrine consisted of textual commentary on the Code and even discussion of court practice was viewed with ... droit international dans les facultAcs de droit franAsaisesa¬Ä¬Ě (1962), VIII AnnuairefranAsais de droit international (AFDI), p. 1233.

Title:The Gentle Civilizer of Nations
Author:Martti Koskenniemi
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2001-11-29


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