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From Apology to Utopia
The Structure of International Legal Argument

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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521546966

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  • Drawing from a range of materials, Martti Koskenniemi demonstrates how international law becomes vulnerable to the contrasting criticisms of being either an irrelevant moralist Utopia or a manipulable façade 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. Originally published in English in Finland in 1989, this reissue includes a newly written Epilogue by the author.

    • Presents a critical theory of international law
    • Provides a comprehensive political and historical interpretation of international law
    • Based on a uniquely close reading of key texts and cases
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...I know no other reissues that have been awaited in international law in recent years with as much eagerness as this one."
    -Akbar Rasulov, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, The Law and Politics Book Review

    "From Apology to Utopia obligatory gateway to the understanding of the theoretical foundations of International Law and has, for that reason, entered the 'classics' hall of fame."
    -Dr. Jean d'Aspremont, Global Law Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521546966
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Objectivity in international law: conventional dilemmas
    2. Doctrinal history: the liberal doctrine of politics and its effect on international law
    3. The structure of modern doctrines
    4. Sovereignty
    5. Sources
    6. Custom
    7. Variations of world order: the structure of international legal argument
    8. Beyond objectivism
    Bibliography and table of cases.

  • Author

    Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki
    University of Helsinki.

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