Unconditional Life: The Postwar International Law Settlement

Hardcover | June 18, 2016

byYoriko Otomo

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Drawing on philosophy, history, and critical theory, Unconditional Life introduces a new perspective on the significance of post-war international law developments. The book examines the public discourse regarding technological risk in World War II texts of unconditional surrender, in theWorld Trade Organisation's EC-Biotech dispute, and in the International Court of Justices' Nuclear Weapons Advisory Opinion. The volume describes international law in terms of its management of, and relation to, the risks associated with technological innovation in war and in trade. It proposes thatinternational law, too, is itself a kind of technology: one intended to manage the material and existential risks inherent in the creation of a new international, postcolonial, political community emerging out of the Second World War. Members of this community are imagined to possess a universalquality: humanness, which itself is underscored by a power of invention. Yoriko Otomo demonstrates how international lawyers' inability to adjudicate questions of large-scale technological risk is due to the competing and intractable claims of international law.Offering a feminist analysis of the political economy that has created this crisis of governance, the book provides a way of understanding the structural inequities that will need to be addressed if international law is to remain a relevant forum for the adjudication of war and trade into the 21stcentury.

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Drawing on philosophy, history, and critical theory, Unconditional Life introduces a new perspective on the significance of post-war international law developments. The book examines the public discourse regarding technological risk in World War II texts of unconditional surrender, in theWorld Trade Organisation's EC-Biotech dispute, a...

Dr Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at SOAS, and received her doctorate from the University of Melbourne. She was previously a lecturer at Keele University, and has taught at Birkbeck (University of London), the International Center for Legal Studies and the University of Melbourne. She has also worked at the Grantham Research Institu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:June 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019873381X

ISBN - 13:9780198733812

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reading International Law2. Risk, Technology, and the State3. Where the Danger Is, Grows the Saving Power Also4. Atomic Age5. Unconditional Life6. The Human's BodiesConclusion