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Law at the Vanishing Point

A Philosophical Analysis of International Law, 1st Edition

By Aaron Fichtelberg


244 pages

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Two central questions are at the core of international legal theory: 'What is international law?', and 'Is international law really law?' This volume examines these critical questions and the philosophical foundations of modern international law using the tools of Anglo-American legal theory and western political thought. Engaging with both contemporary and historical legal theory and with an analysis of international law in action, the book builds an understanding and theory of law from the perspective of those who actually use this legal system and understand it, rather than constructing an artificial system from the standpoint of political scientists and moral philosophers. Law at the Vanishing Point provides a fascinating new challenge to those who reduce international law either to ethics or to politics and provides a critical new appraisal of its power as an independent force in human social relations.


'Those who are skeptical about the existence and power of international law should read Fichtelberg’s book. Arguing more from various examples of international law, rather than from abstract and questionable principles, he will convince many of these skeptics to abandon their cause. Believers will also profit by reading his book. They will come away with a better understanding of their own views on international law.' Nick Fotion, Emory University, Atlanta, USA 'For forty odd years I have made a living teaching, writing about and sometimes even doing international law. Yet I have been consistently haunted and taunted by those who deny that the subject is "real". Fichtelberg slays all the dragons that I have encountered in a lifetime - and then some. Spot on!' Roger S. Clark, Rutgers School of Law, USA '…[this book] offers both a good overview and a strong argument as to why we should spend less time focusing on theory and more examining the law as it should be…a valuable addition to the literature.' Law Society Journal 'Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. CHOICE

About the Author

Professor Fichtelberg specializes in International Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice, and Legal Theory, in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware. He has published widely on aspects of International Criminal Law, and International Criminal Justice. He is the author of the textbook `Crimes Without Borders: An Introduction to International Criminal Justice'.

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / International