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Research Handbook on the Theory and History of International Law

Research Handbook on the Theory and History of International Law

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Alexander Orakhelashvili

This pioneering Research Handbook, with contributions from renowned experts, provides a comprehensive scholarly framework for analyzing the theory and history of international law. Given the multiplication of theoretical approaches over the last three decades, and attendant fragmentation of scholarly efforts, this edited collection presents a useful doctrinal platform that will help academics and students to see the theory and history of international law in its entirety, and to understand how interdependent various aspects of the theory and history of international law really are.

Preface

Edited by Alexander Orakhelashvili

Subjects: law - academic, public international law

Extract

In 1992, Professors Philip Allott and James Crawford introduced ‘The History and Theory of International Law’ as an LLM course at Cambridge University, taking up the challenge of exploring the widest possible intellectual and historical background of international law. I was in a privileged position to be part of that course over the 2000/2001 academic year; its high-level and inspiring discussions highlighting the complexity of theoretical argument, coupled with voluminous sets of photocopied materials, covering thinkers and works ranging from Plato to Morgenthau, and including the actual texts of history-changing documents, provided me with the enthusiasm to engage with theoretical questions of timeless value, ultimately culminating in the preparation of this Handbook. This Handbook brings together the scholarly input of a group of academics with an acknowledged expertise in the relevant areas of the theory and history of international law. It is also an effort conducted against the background that, despite the multiplication and diversification of theoretical scholarship of international law, there is still no such work that would locate this subject in a relatively comprehensive perspective, whether in purely legal or inter-disciplinary terms, and thus enable scholars and students to refer to it as a useful starting point for identifying and examining the relevant issues of theory and history. This Handbook has also been prepared against the background that the past two or three decades have witnessed the emergence of many different theories, combining jurisprudential, socio-political and ethical approaches. One single volume obviously cannot accommodate all of them. Given...