International Territorial Administration: How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away

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byRalph Wilde

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Trusteeship and the civilizing mission in international relations did not end with the emergence of the self-determination entitlement that led to decolonization in the second half of the 20th century. International organizations, whose modern form emerged during the height of colonialism,took on the 'civilizing' role in the 'post-colonial' era, internationalizing trusteeship and re-legitimizing it as a feature of international public policy into the bargain. Through analysis of the history of and purposes associated with the involvement of international organizations in territorialadministration, such as the UN missions in Kosovo and East Timor, a comparison between this activity and colonial trusteeship, the Mandate and Trusteeship arrangements, and an exploration of the modern ideas of international law and public policy that underpin and legitimize contemporaryinterventions, this book relates a new history of the concept of international trusteeship.From British colonialist Lord Lugard's 'dual mandate' to the 'state-building' agenda of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lord Ashdown, wide-ranging links between the complex peace operations of today and the civilizing mission of the colonial era are established, offering ahistorical, political, and legal framework within which the legitimacy of, and challenges faced by, complex interventions can be appraised. This new history of international trusteeship raises important questions about the role of international law and organizations in facilitating relations ofdominations and tutelage, and suggests that the contemporary significance of the self-determination entitlement needs to be re-evaluated.

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Trusteeship and the civilizing mission in international relations did not end with the emergence of the self-determination entitlement that led to decolonization in the second half of the 20th century. International organizations, whose modern form emerged during the height of colonialism,took on the 'civilizing' role in the 'post-colo...

Dr Ralph Wilde is a Reader at the Faculty of Laws of University College London, part of the University of London, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He is Joint Secretary of the British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and a member of the ILA Executive Council and the ILA international resea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577897

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Table of Contents

1. A New Field of Analysis2. The Institution of International Territorial Administration3. The Idea of International Territorial Sovereignty4. Host Territories - States and State Territories5. Host Territories - Self-Determination Units6. Establishing the Policy Institution: Purposive Analysis7. Implementing International Law and Policy8. Colonialism and Trusteeship Redux? Imperial Connections, Historical Evolution, and Legitimation in the 'Post-Colonial' Era9. Analysing International Territorial Administration

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"Dr. Wilde's review of the nature and purposes of international territorial administration is definitely a must read. Dr. Wilde has carried out extensive and well documented analysis of this mechanism demonstrating his deep knowledge of international territorial administration projects. Thelink made between international territorial administration projects and other institutions of international law which are now seen as illegitimate (e.g. colonialism) raises very interesting and important questions about the legitimacy of contemporary international territorial administrationprojects. This is definitely an element to be considered to ensure that this practice remains acceptable to the international community." --Vincent Roobaert, NATO Legal Gazette