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International Law and its Discontents
Confronting Crises


Ileana Porras, Karin Mickelson, Dianne Otto, Barbara Stark, Dan Danielsen, Andrew Strauss, Brad Roth, Sharon F. Lean, Jeanne Woods
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107047501

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  • In Civilization and its Discontents, Sigmund Freud argued that civilization itself is the major source of human unhappiness, inhibiting instincts and generating guilt. In Globalization and its Discontents, Joseph Stiglitz shows how the 'economic architecture' that produced globalization has also driven the backlash against it. This book brings together some of international law's most outspoken 'discontents'; those who situate their malaise in international law itself. Their shared objective is to expose international law's complicity in the ongoing economic and financial global crises and to assess its capacity - and its will - to constructively address them. Some, like Freud, view that which holds us together as an inevitable source of discontent. Others, like Stiglitz, draw on the energy of the backlash. How have these crises affected particular groups, sovereign states, and international law itself? How have they responded? When does crisis serve as a catalyst, and for what?

    • Includes cutting-edge scholarship that analyzes international law's complicity in the global economic and financial crises
    • Examines whether international law (and lawyers) can be more than the 'handmaidens' of neoliberal globalization
    • Explores failing paradigms - in environmental law, human rights law, and the laws of war - and suggests that international law has been hijacked by neoliberalism and needs to be reclaimed
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    '[This book] offers a solid introduction to critical approaches to international law and institutions for those not yet familiar with critical international law scholarship. Additionally, it provides an accessible and contextualized engagement for international law specialists seeking knowledge about cutting edge developments outside their respective domains of expertise. Finally, for the critical theorist who believes international law to be of limited emancipatory use, the book presents valuable case studies of how precisely these limitations manifest themselves.' Eric Loefflad, The European Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107047501
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Environment:
    1. Binge development in the age of fear: scarcity, consumption, inequality and the environmental crisis Ileana Porras
    2. International law as a war against nature? Karin Mickelson
    Part II. Gender:
    3. Decoding crisis in international law: a queer feminist perspective Dianne Otto
    4. The incredible shrinking women Barbara Stark
    Part III. Sovereign States:
    5. Corporate power and instrumental states: toward a critical reassessment of the role of firms, states and regulation in global governance Dan Danielsen
    6. Global economic inequality and the potential for global democracy: a functionalist analysis Andrew Strauss
    Part IV. International Political Crisis:
    7. A Bolivarian alternative? The new Latin American populism confronts the global order Brad Roth and Sharon F. Lean
    8. Global crises and the law of war Jeanne Woods.

  • Editor

    Barbara Stark, Hofstra University School of Law
    Barbara Stark is a Professor of Law at Hofstra University. She has published dozens of articles in the California and UCLA law reviews and the Yale, Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania and Michigan journals of international law, among others. Since joining the Hofstra faculty in 2005, she has published three books on international law.


    Ileana Porras, Karin Mickelson, Dianne Otto, Barbara Stark, Dan Danielsen, Andrew Strauss, Brad Roth, Sharon F. Lean, Jeanne Woods

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