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International Law and International Relations

Bridging Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Thomas J. Biersteker, Peter J. Spiro, Chandra Lekha Sriram, Veronica I. Raffo


332 pages

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This unique volume examines the opportunities for, and initiates work in, interdisciplinary research between the fields of international law and international relations; disciplines that have engaged little with one another since the Second World War.

Written by leading experts in the fields of international law and international relations, it argues that such interdisciplinary research is central to the creation of a knowledge base among IR scholars and lawyers for the effective analysis and governance of macro and micro phenomena.

International law is at the heart of international relations, but due to challenges of codification and enforceability, its apparent impact has been predominantly limited to commercial and civil arrangements. International lawyers have been saying for years that 'law matters' in international affairs and now current events are proving them right.

International Law and International Relations makes a powerful contribution to the theory and practice of global security by initiating a research agenda, building an empirical base and offering a multidisciplinary approach that provides concrete answers to real-world problems of governance.

This book will be of great interest to all students of international law, international relations and governance.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors Foreword John Tirman Acknowledgements Introduction 1. International Law and International Politics: Old Divides, New Developments Veronica Raffo, Chandra Lekha Sriram, Peter Spiro, and Thomas Biersteker Small Arms and Light Weapons 2. Moving Forward? Assessing Normative and Legal Progress in Dealing with Small Arms Robert Muggah 3. Small Arms, Violence, and the Course of Conflicts William Reno 4. Commentary: A World Drowning in Guns Harold Hongju Koh Terrorism 5. International Terrorism, Nonstate Actors, and the Logic of Transnational Mobilization: A Perspective from International Relations Fiona Adamson 6. Crying War Mary Ellen O’Connell 7. Preemption and Exception: International Law and the Revolutionary Power Gerry Simpson and Nicholas J. Wheeler 8. Commentary: Convergence of International Law and International Relations in Combating International Terrorism: The Role of the United Nations Commentary Curtis A. Ward Internally Displaced People 9. The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and the Development of International Norms Francis M. Deng 10. Privately Generated Soft Law in International Governance: Comment on Francis M. Deng Kenneth W. Abbott International Criminal Accountability 11. The International Criminal Court and Universal International Jurisdiction: A Return to First Principles Leila Nadya Sadat 12. International Humanitarian Law: State Collusion and the Conundrum of Jurisdiction Madeleine Morris 13. Whose Justice? Reconciling Universal Jurisdiction with Democratic Principles Diane F. Orentlicher 14. Bringing Security Back In: International Relations Theory and Moving Beyond the "Justice vs. Peace" Dilemma in Transitional Societies Chandra Lekha Sriram and Youssef Mahmoud 15. International Criminal Accountability at the Intersection of Law and Politics: A Commentary Ellen L. Lutz Conclusions 16. Disaggregating US interests in International Law: Sketching a Theory of Liberal Transnationalism Peter J. Spiro 17. New Directions, New Collaborations for International Law and International Relations Martha Finnemore 18. International Relations and International Law: From Competition to Complementarity Clarence J. Dias Selected Bibliography Index

About the Editors

Thomas J. Biersteker is director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and Brown University's Henry R. Luce Professor of Transnational Organizations. He is co-editor of State Sovereignty as Social Construct, The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance, and Countering the Financing of Global Terrorism.

Peter J. Spiro is Rusk Professor of International Law at the University of Georgia Law School. He is a former State Department and White House official, and has been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Institute. He has published widely on international law and on citizenship theory.

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of Human Rights at the University of East London School of Law. She is author of Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: a revolution in accountability (2005), and Confronting past human rights violations: justice vs. peace in times of transition (2004).

Veronica Raffo is Program Coordinator for the Global Security and Cooperation Program of the Social Science Research Council, in Washington DC. She holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties