The Power and Purpose of International Law

Paperback | May 12, 2011

byMary Ellen OConnell

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The world is poised for another important transition. The United States is dealing with the impact of the Afghan and Iraq wars, the use of torture and secret detention, Guantanamo, climate change, nuclear proliferation, weakened international institutions, and other issues related directly orindirectly to international law. The world needs an accurate account of the important role of international law and The Power and Purpose of International Law seeks to provide it.Mary Ellen O'Connell explains the purpose of international law and the power it has to achieve that purpose. International law supports order in the world and the attainment of humanity's fundamental goals of peace, prosperity, respect for human rights, and protection of the natural environment.These goals can best be realized through international law, which uniquely has the capacity to bind even a superpower of the world. By exploring the roots and history of international law, and by looking at specific events in the history of international law, this book demonstrates the why and thehow of international law and its enforcement. It directly confronts the notion that international law is "powerless" and that working within the framework of international law is useless or counter-productive. As the world moves forward, it is critical that both leaders and their citizensunderstand the true power and purpose of international law and this book creates a valuable resource for them to aid their understanding. It uses a clear, compelling style to convey topical, informative and cutting-edge information to the reader.

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The world is poised for another important transition. The United States is dealing with the impact of the Afghan and Iraq wars, the use of torture and secret detention, Guantanamo, climate change, nuclear proliferation, weakened international institutions, and other issues related directly orindirectly to international law. The world ...

Mary Ellen O'Connell holds the Robert and Marion Short Chair in Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She has studied, taught, and written about international law for over 25 years. Professor O'Connell received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, an LL.B. with first-class honors from Cambridge University, an MSc. in Internati...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:May 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019976896X

ISBN - 13:9780199768967

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Enforcement Theory1. Classical Enforcement Theory2. Compliance Theory3. New Classical Enforcement TheoryPart. II. Enforcement PracticeArmed Measures4. Unilateral Armed Measures5. Collective Armed MeasuresCountermeasures6. Unilateral Countermeasures7. Collective CountermeasuresJudicial Measures8. International Court Enforcement9. National Court EnforcementConclusions