The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

byJuan Pablo Scarfi

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International law has played a crucial role in the construction of imperial projects. Yet within the growing field of studies about the history of international law and empire, scholars have seldom considered this complicit relationship in the Americas. The Hidden History of International Lawin the Americas offers the first exploration of the deployment of international law for the legitimization of U.S. ascendancy as an informal empire in Latin America. This book explores the intellectual history of a distinctive idea of American international law in the Americas, focusing principally on the evolution of the American Institute of International Law (AIIL). This organization was created by U.S. and Chilean jurists James Brown Scott and AlejandroAlvarez in Washington D.C. for the construction, development, and codification of international law across the Americas. Juan Pablo Scarfi examines the debates sparked by the AIIL over American international law, intervention and non-intervention, Pan-Americanism, the codification of public andprivate international law and the nature and scope of the Monroe Doctrine, as well as the international legal thought of Scott, Alvarez, and a number of jurists, diplomats, politicians, and intellectuals from the Americas. Professor Scarfi argues that American international law, as advancedprimarily by the AIIL, was driven by a U.S.-led imperial aspiration of civilizing Latin America through the promotion of the international rule of law. By providing a convincing critical account of the legal and historical foundations of the Inter-American System, this book will stimulate debateamong international lawyers, IR scholars, political scientists, and intellectual historians.

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International law has played a crucial role in the construction of imperial projects. Yet within the growing field of studies about the history of international law and empire, scholars have seldom considered this complicit relationship in the Americas. The Hidden History of International Lawin the Americas offers the first exploration...

Juan Pablo Scarfi is a Research Associate at the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), and teaches international relations and international law at the School of Politics and Government at the National University of San Martin, Argentina. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014. He ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Juan Pablo Scarfi has provided a fascinating and detailed insight into the interplay between international law and politics during the crucial half-century preceding World War II. He sheds valuable new light on U.S.-Latin American relations during that period, and especially on thecontroversies over the Monroe Doctrine." --Stephen C. Neff, School of Law, University of Edinburgh