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The Advancement of International Law (French Studies in International Law)

Charles Leben

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ISBN 10: 1841132780 / ISBN 13: 9781841132785
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Title: The Advancement of International Law (French...

Publisher: Hart Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

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Any talk of the advancement of international law presupposes that two objections are met. The first is the 'realist' objection which, observing the state of international relations today, claims that when it comes down to the important things in international life-war and peace, and more generally power politics among states-no real advancement has been made: international society remains a society of sovereign states deciding matters with regard solely to their own best interests and with international law all too often being no more than a thin cloak cast over the precept that 'might is right'. Against this excessive scepticism stands excessive optimism: international law is supposedly making giant strides forward thanks especially to the tremendous mass of soft law generated by international organisations over the past sixty years and more. By incautiously mixing all manner of customs, treaties, resolutions and recommendations, a picture of international law is painted that has little to do with the 'real world'.This book is arranged into three sections. The first purports to show from the specific example of international investment law that the past half-century has seen the invention of two genuinely new techniques in positive law: state contracts and transnational arbitration without privity. This is 'advancement' in international law not because the techniques are 'good' in themselves (one may well think them 'bad') but because they have introduced legal possibilities into international law that did not exist heretofore. The second section examines the theoretical consequences of those new legal techniques and especially the way they affect the theory of the state. The third widens the field of view and asks whether European law has surpassed international law in a move towards federalism or whether it represents a step forward for international law.These reflections make for a clearer theoretical understanding of what constitutes true advancement in interna


Leben provides thought provoking twists to the classic debates present in international law. Heather Bray Transnational Dispute Management May 2012 International lawyers are familiar with the argument - dating back to Austin, but still quite common today - that there is no international law, but, to say it in a nutshell, international powers only. Prof. Charles Leben's a rich, stimulating, and up-to-date rebuttal to such an assertion. ...a fascinating overview of Prof Leben's work and knowledge. It offers stimulating and challenging thoughts on a rich variety of topics, even for the reader who is not familiar with some of them... Thibaut Fleury Quebec Journal of International Law Volume23, No. 2 ...well worth reading to understand what the modern positivist method is, to evaluate its usefulness to the international lawyer, and to gain a better understanding of French perspectives on international law. Martin A. Rogoff American Journal of International Law September 2011 Charles Leben's book is ... very wamrly recommended to all international legal scholars with a theoretical bent and to those who would like to gain access, with respect to the issues discussed in the book, to some of the principal debates and arguments in the French academic literature. Andreas von Staden European Journal of International Law Volume 22, Issue 2

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