The Use of Force under International Law: Lawyerized States in a Legalized World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Use of Force under International Law

Lawyerized States in a Legalized World, 1st Edition

By Fernando G. Nuñez-Mietz


232 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-10-19
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The international system is becoming increasingly legalized, with legal arguments and legal advisors playing an increasingly important part in the state policymaking process. Presenting a practice-oriented theory of compliance with international law, this book shows how international law affects the behavior of increasingly lawyerized states in an ever more legalized world.

By highlighting the legalization of international legitimation and the lawyerization of policymaking as the new engines of compliance, the book’s analytical framework rethinks the relationship between state behavior and international law, and provides an empirical focus on security through the study of NATO’s military intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999 and the changes in the US detention and interrogation programs in the "War on Terror." Relying on primary sources, the author demonstrates the effect of lawyerized decision making on international law compliance, reconstructing the strategies of (de-)legitimation used to show that international law is the hegemonic frame of reference in interstate debates.

This book will be of interest to scholars of international relations, government studies, foreign service studies and lawyers employed in government work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: International Law Compliance in a Legalized World

1. The Legalization of International Legitimacy and the Lawyerization of the State

2. A Practice Theory of State Compliance with International Law

3. Legalization and the Legitimation of the Kosovo Intervention

4. Lawyerization and the Treatment of Detainees in the "War on Terror"

Conclusion: State Practices and the Engines of Compliance with International Law

About the Author

Fernando G. Nuñez-Mietz is a professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He specializes in International Relations, and his research interests are international law and norms, and international security.

About the Series

New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General