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International Law and International Relations : Themes in International Relations - David Armstrong

International Law and International Relations

Themes in International Relations


Published: 24th October 2007
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Events such as the legal arguments surrounding the 2003 Iraq War and the creation of the International Criminal Court highlight the significance of international law in the contemporary world.

This new textbook provides an introduction to the relationship between international law and international relations. David Armstrong, Theo Farrell and H‚lŠne Lambert explore the evolution, nature and function of international law in world politics and situate international law in its historical and political context.

They propose three interdisciplinary 'lenses' through which to view the role of international law in world politics: realist, liberal and constructivist.

These lenses offer different ways of looking at international law in terms of what it is, how it works and how it changes.

Topics covered include the use of force, human rights, international crimes, international trade and the environment, and each chapter features discussion questions and guides to further reading.

About the Author

David Armstrong is Professor of Global Politics at the University of Buckingham and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Exeter University. Theo Farrell is Professor of War in the Modern World at King's College London. Helene Lambert is Professor of International Law at the University of Westminster.

'Succinct, highly readable and intellectually stimulating. This volume provides the perfect introduction to the complex interface between international relations and international law.' Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia 'An essential introduction to international law and relations, this excellent text combines the fields of expertise of its respective authors to offer core and critical insights into international law's function and its daily worth. Its expositions are as lucid as they are nuanced and poignant; its analyses and conclusions always judiciously and confidently made. A certain triumph of interdisciplinary endeavour.' Dino Kritsiotis, Reader in Public International Law, University of Nottingham and Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan 'This book is exactly what the doctor ordered - a smart, systematic, and comprehensive introduction to the complexities of international law in the contemporary global order. It is also one of the few introductions pitched at students of international relations as well as lawyers. An excellent addition to the burgeoning literature on the relationship between international politics and law!' Chris Reus-Smit, Australian National University '... this is an excellent introduction that sets out the field's parameters and its history and outlines the key problems and dilemmas with rigour and clarity.' Political Studies Review '... deals with a very complex subject matter but at the same time succeeds in presenting it in a way that is meaningful to others without over-stretching the arguments. ... well written and an interesting read for students.' Cambrian Law Review

List of tablesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The foundations
The nature of international lawp. 9
The evolution of international lawp. 34
Three lenses: realism, liberalism, constructivismp. 69
The law in world politics
Use of forcep. 117
Human rightsp. 151
International crimesp. 178
International tradep. 222
The environmentp. 253
International law in a unipolar agep. 281
Indexp. 295

ISBN: 9780521605182
ISBN-10: 0521605180
Series: Themes in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 24th October 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.516