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International Law on the Left


  • Page extent: 332 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521882552)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2008

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$113.00 (C)

Despite - or perhaps because of - the collapse of state socialism, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Marxist thought and its reassessment by a new generation of theorists. This volume of essays explores the contemporary relevance of Marxism for the study of international law.


Introduction; 1. What should international lawyers learn from Karl Marx? Martti Koskenniemi; 2. An outline of a Marxist course on public international law B. S. Chimni; 3. The commodity-form theory of international law: an introduction China MiƩville; 4. Positivism versus self-determination: the contradictions of Soviet international law Bill Bowring; 5. Marxism and international law: perspectives for the American (twenty-first) century? Tony Carty; 6. Toward a radical political economy critique of transnational economic law A. Claire Cutler; 7. Marxian insights for the Human Rights Project Brad Roth; 8. Marxian embraces (and de-couplings) in Upendra Baxi's Human Rights scholarship: a case study Obiora Okafor; 9. Exploitation as an international legal concept Susan Marks.


"...The book can be recommended as readable and fairly well integrated, as collective volumes go. It should in particular be read by those who are most in the grip of the ideology that says that this is the best of all possible worlds, that resources are allocatec around the globe by the abstract operations of the market, and that there is no need to worry about the north-south crevasse..."
--Detlev F. Vagts, Of the Board of Editors, The American Journal of International Law [Vol. 103, 2009]

" indispensable "must read" for law and political science professors. It is also a useful antidote for the false assumption that there is only one true legal system..."
--ASIL Newsletter [ISSUE #39: May 2009]


Martti Koskenniemi, B. S. Chimni, China MiƩville, Bill Bowring, Tony Carty, A. Claire Cutler, Brad Roth, Obiora Okafor, Susan Marks

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