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Great Powers and Outlaw States

Great Powers and Outlaw States
Unequal Sovereigns in the International Legal Order

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  • Date Published: May 2004
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  • isbn: 9780521534901

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  • From the Congress of Vienna to the "war on terrorism", the roles of "great powers and outlaw states" have had a major impact on international relations. Gerry Simpson describes the ways in which an international legal order based on "sovereign equality" has accommodated the great powers and regulated outlaw states since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Simpson also offers a way of understanding recent transformations in the global political order by recalling the lessons of the past--in particular, through the recent violent conflicts in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

    • Relevance to contemporary political crises involving major powers and rogue states
    • A rare historical study of international law
    • Historical and legal analysis of wars in Kosovo and Afghanistan
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    • Winner of ASIL Certificate of Merit for Pre-eminent Contribution to Creative Legal Scholarship

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    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534901
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Professor James Crawford
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Great powers and outlaw states
    Part II. Concepts:
    2. Sovereign equalities
    3. Legalised hierarchies
    Part III. Histories: Great Powers:
    4. Legalised hegemony: Vienna to The Hague 1815–1906
    5. 'Extreme equality': rupture at The Hague 1907
    6. The great powers, sovereign equality and the making of the UN charter: San Francisco 1945
    7. Holy alliances: Verona 1818 and Kosovo 1999
    Part IV. Histories: Outlaw States:
    8. Unequal sovereigns 1815–1839
    9. Peace-loving nations:
    10. Outlaw states:
    Part V. Conclusion:
    11. Arguing about Afghanistan: great powers and outlaw states redux
    12. The puzzle of sovereignty.

  • Author

    Gerry Simpson, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Gerry Simpson is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Department at the London School of Economics where he teaches Public International Law and International Criminal Law. He has been a Legal Adviser to the Australian Government on international criminal law and was part of the Australian delegation at the Rome Conference in 1998 to establish an international criminal court. He has also worked for several non-governmental organisations and appears regularly in the media discussing the law of war crimes and the law on the use of force in international law. Previous publications include The Law of War Crimes (1997) with Tim McCormack and The Nature of International Law (2001).


    • Winner of ASIL Certificate of Merit for Pre-eminent Contribution to Creative Legal Scholarship
    • Winner of ASIL Certificate of Merit for Pre-eminent Contribution to Creative Legal Scholarship

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