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  • Page extent: 434 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.831 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521859493 | ISBN-10: 0521859492)

Institutional and political developments since the end of the Cold War have led to a revival of public interest in, and anxiety about, international law. Liberal international law is appealed to as offering a means of constraining power and as representing universal values. This book brings together scholars who draw on jurisprudence, philosophy, legal history and political theory to analyse the stakes of this turn towards international law. Contributors explore the history of relations between international law and those it defines as other - other traditions, other logics, other forces, and other groups. They explore the archive of international law as a record of attempts by scholars, bureaucrats, decision-makers and legal professionals to think about what happens to law at the limits of modern political organisation. The result is a rich array of responses to the question of what it means to speak and write about international law in our time.

• Brings together the work of leading critical theorists in international law • Provides a broad range of histories of the relations between international law and those it defines as other - other traditions (theology, philosophy, morality, economics), other logics (sacrifice, war, despotism, calculation), other forces (God, desire, markets, imperialism) and other groups (indigenous peoples, religious fundamentalists, barbarians, terrorists) • Integrates current debates in international law with contemporary scholarship in philosophy, political theory, theology, history and anthropology


1. A jurisprudence of the limit Anne Orford; Part I. Sovereignty Otherwise: 2. Speaking law: on bare theological and cosmopolitan sovereignty Costas Douzinas; 3. Law as conversation Ian Duncanson; 4. Corporate power and global order Dan Danielsen; 5. Seasons in the abyss: reading the void in Cubillo Connal Parsley; Part II: Human Rights and Other Values: 6. Reassessing international humanitarianism: the dark sides David Kennedy; 7. Trade, human rights and the economy of sacrifice Anne Orford; 8. Secrets of the fetish in international law's messianism Judith Grbich; 9. Human rights, the self and the other: reflections on a pragmatic theory of human rights Florian F. Hoffmann; Part III. The Relation to the Other: 10. Completing civilisation: Creole consciousness and international law in nineteenth century Latin America Liliana Obregón; 11. From 'savages' to 'unlawful combatants': a postcolonial look at international humanitarian law's 'other' Frédéric Mégret; 12. Lost in translation: rescripting the sexed subjects of international human rights law Dianne Otto; 13. Flesh made law: the economics of female genital mutilation legislation Juliet Rogers; Part IV. History's Other Actors: 14. On critique and the other Antony Anghie; 15. Afterword: and forward - there remains so much we do not know Hilary Charlesworth and David Kennedy.


Review of the hardback: '… readers looking for challenging discussions on the boundaries of contemporary international law will enjoy International Law and Its Others. It opens sometimes new, at other times long forgotten, or suppressed, perspectives on the international legal order. Moreover, it contains refreshing contributions on the current state of international law, while suggesting new roads for self-critical legal scholarship.' Netherlands International Law Review

Review of the hardback: '… a well timed project, coherent in its structure and objective.' In-Spire: Journal of Law, Politics and Societies

'… a set of building blocks from which to construct a post-Westphalian and postcolonial global law framework …' Richard Falk, American Journal of International Law

'This fascinating and unique collection of essays will appeal greatly to those uncomfortable with the contemporary ascendancy of international law, who wonder at its trajectory and the motivation behind its newly exalted status.' Aidan Hehir, International Journal of Law in Context

'… [if its contents] could be liquefied, [they] should be bottled and fed into every coffee machine in the universities and leading government institutions around the world …' Outi Korhonen, Finnish Year Book of International Law


Anne Orford, Costas Douzinas, Ian Duncanson, Dan Danielsen, Connal Parsley, David Kennedy, Judith Grbich, Florian F. Hoffmann, Liliana Obregón, Frédéric Mégret, Dianne Otto, Juliet Rogers, Antony Anghie, Hilary Charlesworth, David Kennedy

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