Around twenty years ago, a challenge was laid down to international law by those writing at the critical periphery of the discipline; a challenge that has yet to find satisfactory response. Although often (mistakenly) characterised as nihilist, this book seeks to recast it in positive terms; to pose the question of what – if anything – is left of international law and ethics if we accept both that apolitical rules are impossible and that the values that must – inevitably – be used to justify them are irreducibly, radically subjective. After detailed analyses of different political and international legal philosophers who have confronted this issue, the answer is located in a “turn to literature” and a rehabilitation of the ancient notion of rhetoric.
International Law and Ethics after the Critical Challenge
In Enemies of Mankind Walter Rech offers a contextual history of the collective security doctrine articulated by Swiss international lawyer Emer de Vattel (1714-67) in the authoritative treatise Droit des gens of 1758.
Reut Yael Paz
Through a collective biographical methodology of four scholars 20th century scholars this book investigates how Jewish identity and intellectual ties to Judaic civilisation in the German speaking legal context influenced the international legal discipline.
René Urueña, Universidad de Los Andes
Building on the notion of a risk society, this book offers an alternative to the traditional notion of international legal subjects by arguing that international law creates fragmented subjectivities, whose conflicting identities help perpetuate a certain global loss of sense that is ...
The book illustrates the function of legal doctrines in a discourse on the extent of powers of international institutions, and questions whether a move to a constitutional vocabulary can transcend the dichotomy at the heart of diverging constructions of powers.
This book explores the causes, forms and consequences of racial discrimination as well as the international and European legal responses thereto. It explains why the law fails to eliminate discrimination and suggests ways forward.
The book offers several perspectives to the analysis of the expansion and diversification of international legal responses to terrorism. It focuses, in particular, on the move during the past decade towards more indirect forms of responsibility.
This book presents an analysis of international law in support of educationally disadvantaged young people and adults. Focusing on Roma, it introduces a scheme for identifying situations where they become subjected to discrimination by state parties to relevant international standards.
María José Falcón y Tella
This volume seeks to disentangle the limits and possibilities of the tradition of civil disobedience: in what circumstances is it right, or perhaps necessary, to say "no"? The jurisprudential and philosophical literature discussed here is truly enormous and provides a complex and reliable ...
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