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The Politics of International Law

The Politics of International Law

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Published by: Natnael Getahun Zewude on Sep 07, 2012
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The Politics of International Law
Politics and law appear deeply entwined in contemporary interna-tional relations. Yet existing perspectives struggle to understand thecomplex interplay between these aspects of international life. In thispath-breakingvolume,agroupofleadinginternationalrelationsschol-arsandlegaltheoristsadvanceanewconstructivistperspectiveonthepolitics of international law. They reconceive politics as a field of hu-manactionthatstandsattheintersectionofissuesofidentity,purpose,ethics, and strategy, and define law as an historically contingent insti-tutional expression of such politics. They explain how liberal politicshasconditionedmoderninternationallawandhowlaw‘feedsbacktoconstituteinternationalrelationsandworldpolitics.Thisnewperspec-tive on the politics of international law is illustrated through detailedcase-studies of the use of force, climate change, landmines, migrantrights, the International Criminal Court, the Kosovo bombing cam-paign, international financial institutions, and global governance.
christian reus-smit
is Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations in the Research School of Pacific and AsianStudies at the Australian National University. He is the author of 
 American Power and World Order
(2004),
The Moral Purpose of the State
(1999), co-author of 
Theories of International Relations
(2001), and co-editor of 
Between Sovereignty and Global Governance
(1998).

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