When International Law Works: Realistic Idealism After 9/11 and the Global Recession

Hardcover | January 16, 2012

byTai-Heng Cheng

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In When International Law Works, Professor Tai-Heng Cheng transcends current debates about whether international law is really law by focusing on the reasons for complying with or deviating from international laws and other informal norms, whether or not they are 'law.' Cheng presents a newframework to guide decision makers when they confront an international problem that implicates the oftencompeting policies and interests of their own communities and global order. Instead of advocating for or against international law, Cheng acknowledges both its benefits and shortcomings in orderto present practical ways to decide whether compliance in a given circumstance is beneficial, moral, or necessary, and to adjust international law to meet the contemporary challenges of global governance. In this manner, Cheng shows how it is possible for decision makers to take international lawand its limitations seriously. To test his theory, Cheng provides detailed case studies from recent events, ranging from the current global economic crisis to jihadist terrorism. This wideranging research demonstrates how his proposal for approaching international law would work in a real crisis, and sets this book apart fromscholarship that focuses only on theory or isolated fields of international law. Through a critical combination of theory and practice, When International Law Works gives policymakers, judges, arbitrators, scholars, and students practical and thought-provoking guidance on how to face new global problems. In doing so, this new book challenges readers to rethink the role of law inan increasingly crisis-driven world.

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In When International Law Works, Professor Tai-Heng Cheng transcends current debates about whether international law is really law by focusing on the reasons for complying with or deviating from international laws and other informal norms, whether or not they are 'law.' Cheng presents a newframework to guide decision makers when they c...

Tai-Heng Cheng is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy at New York Law School, and has been a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School. An author of over forty books, articles and essays, Professor Cheng's research has been published in the University of Illinois Law Review, Temple La...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Confronting Anxieties About International LawI. The Relevance and Irrelevance of LawII. Contemporary DebatesIII. ThesisA. The Central CaseB. EffectivenessC. LegitimacyIV. TermsV. Outline of InquiryVI. Conclusion2. The Politics of TheorizingI. A Historical SurveyII. AntiquityIII. Middle AgesIV. Early ModernismV. Late ModernismVI. Post-ModernismVII. Choices in TheorizingVIII. Political and Normative Values in TheorizingIX. Conclusion3. Legalism and MoralityI. Framing the InquiryII. ChoicesIII. LegalismA. The UN Security CouncilB. International Court of JusticeC. Conclusions About LegalismIV. The Morality of International LawA. Basic ValuesB. Moral ObligationsC. Realist CritiquesD. Liberal CritiqueE. Legal ObligationsV. Guidance to OfficialsA. MoralityB. Institutional FunctionsC. EffectivenessD. The Indeterminacy ParadoxVI. Conclusion4. JudgesI. TheoryA. Judicial FunctionsB. General MoralityC. Specific MoralityD. EffectivenessII. PraxisA. The Pedra Branca Case1. Legalism2. Morality3. EffectivenessB. The Nicaragua Case1. Legalisma. Provisional Measuresb. El Salvador's Interventionc. Decision on Jurisdictiond. Merits2. Effectiveness3. Morality4. Feedback LoopsC. The Avena Case1. Legalism2. Effectiveness3. Morality4. Feedback LoopsIII. Conclusion5. ArbitratorsI. TheoryA. Arbitral FunctionsB. General MoralityC. Specific MoralityD. EffectivenessII. PraxisA. United States-Stainless Steel (Mexico), Implementing AwardB. Loewen Group, Inc. v. United States of AmericaC. CMS Gas Transmission Co. v. Argentine Republic, Decision on AnnulmentIII. Conclusion6. RegulatorsI. TheoryII. PraxisA. The Global Financial CrisisB Responses and Decisions of RegulatorsC. The Financial Stability BoardD. Guidance for RegulatorsIIl. Conclusion7. Legal AdvisorsI. TheoryA. The Legal Advisor's FunctionsB. General MoralityC. Specific MoralityD. Interests and EffectivenessII. PraxisA. Abu Ghraib PrisonB. Waterboarding1. Factual Assumptions2. International Legal Prescriptions3. The Interrogation Memoranda4. General Morality5. Specific Morality6. Guidance to Advisors7. Alternative ScenariosIII. Conclusion8. OfficialsI. TheoryII. PraxisA. The 1990 Gulf War1. Specific Morality2. General Morality and Effectiveness3. Feedback LoopsB. NATO Bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia1. General Morality2. Specific Morality3. Feedback LoopsC. The 2003 Invasion of Iraq1. General Morality2. Specific Morality3. Feedback LoopsIII. Conclusion9. Law Beyond LawsI. Reframing DebatesII. Situating Among TheoriesIII. Results from Case StudiesIV. Conclusion