"International Law, Rights and Politics" deals with the interplay of law and politics in the changing international system. Recent political upheavals in Eastern Europe have led to a proliferation of new states on the world scene. This has in many instances caused international concern about rising nationalism and these countries' relations to one another.
Rein Mullerson examines such issues as non-use of force, non-interference in internal affairs, self determination of peoples, protection of minorities and the role of nationalism in inter-ethnic conflicts, and human rights in post-totalitarian societies. Mullerson sets the discussion in the context of events in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also analyzes controversial issues of continuity and the succession and recognition of states. The book shows how these developments influence the international system as a whole and how international law has to change in order to respond to new challenges.
"This book should appeal equally to students of international relations and international law. It is immensely valuable as a guide to the extraordinary changes that are transforming the international system. Mullerson is a stimulating, yet reliable introduction to this new world."
-Thomas M. Franck, New York University