1st Edition

Transforming the Politics of International Law
The Advisory Committee of Jurists and the Formation of the World Court in the League of Nations

Edited By

P. Sean Morris

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ISBN 9780367897512
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This volume examines the role of League of Nations committees, particularly the Advisory Committee of Jurists (ACJ) in shaping the statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ). The authors explore the contributions of individual jurists and unofficial members of League Committees in shaping the League’s international legal machinery.

One of the guiding principles of the book is that the development of international law was a project of politics where the idea and notion of an international society must contend with the political visions of each state represented on the different legal committees in the League of Nations during the drafting of the Covenant. The book constitutes a major contribution to the literature in that it shows the inner workings of some of the legal committees of the League and how the political role of unofficial members was influential for the development of international law in the early twentieth century and how they influenced the political and legal process of the ACJ.

The book will be an essential reference for those working in the areas of International Law, Legal History, International Relations, Political History and European History.

Table of Contents

Jan Klabbers

High Liberalism: An Introduction to the Politics of an Intellectual Project
P. Sean Morris

Part I Civilisations, Politics and Scholars: The Origins of the Advisory Committee of Jurists

  1. ‘Civilization(s)’ and ‘Civilized Nations’ - Of History, Anthropology and International Law
    Jakob Zollmann
  2. Crouching Scholars, Hidden Civilizations: Amerindian International Law and the Construction of the International Liberal Order in Early Twentieth Century
    Arthur Roberto Capella Giannattasio
  3. A Political and Legal History of the Advisory Committee of Jurists and the Foundation of the Permanent Court of International Justice
    Karin van Leeuwen and Morten Rasmussen
  4. The Advisory Committee of Jurists and the Historical Origins of Scholarly Writings as a Source of International Law
    P. Sean Morris
  5. Making the Case for Arbitration: Edouard Descamps' Long Advocacy for Peaceful Dispute Resolution
    Saskia Millmann
  6. Part II The Politics of Legal Internationalism: Unofficial Members

  7. Leg over Leg the Dog Went Dover: James Brown Scott’s Long Road to the Advisory Committee of Jurists
    Paolo Amorosa
  8. State Practice, the First World Court and Dionisio Anzilotti
    Francesco Salerno
  9. Creating Traditions of International Legal Justice: The Case of Nicolas Politis
    Marilena Papadaki
  10. Leon Bourgeois: Solidarism, Liberal Political Order, and International Justice
    Alexandre Niess
  11. Scandinavian Legal Internationalism and the Creation of the Permanent Court of International Justice
    Haakon Ikonomou and Morten Rasmussen

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P. Sean Morris is a Research Scholar at the Faculty of Law University of Helsinki and an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, Finland.