We recently caught up with one of our authors, Mark Klamberg, to discuss his title Power and Law in International Society and what inspired him to write this definitive monograph.
Dr. Mark Klamberg is an Associate Professor of International law at Stockholm University and visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Law School. His research mainly concerns international criminal law, surveillance, terrorism and international law theory. He has previously worked at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Blekinge district court, the International Criminal Court and Uppsala University.
1) Q: Congratulations on the publication of your book ‘Power and Law in International Society’. What led you to writing it?
Although we study the same or similar social phenomena, I perceived that legal research is somewhat isolated from other social sciences. The book is an attempt to bridge that gap.
2) Q: Your book touches on some very interesting and contemporary issues – who would be interesting in reading it?
Everybody who is interested how legal norms and principles may – or may not – influence state behaviour. More specifically, I would imagine that this would include practitioners, scholars and students in the fields of international law and international relations.
The book examines issues such as: whether trade law actually promotes its main goals: to increase trade flows; how human rights law in practice may offer protection against state interference; and whether the law on the use of force may prevent states from going to war. Many of the insights may also applied to issues that have made the headlines after my book was published, for example what tools are available to induce states to take a greater responsibility for the ongoing refugee crisis.
4) Q: Do you have a favourite chapter that you particularly enjoyed reading?
I particularly enjoyed writing the end of second chapter where it is argued that international relations – to the extent the discipline considers the impact and relevance of legal rules – is the sociology of international law.
5) Q: How do you feel international law has changed over the years/decades? Do you feel globally, we are more united in our law making?
I believe international law making goes in waves – in the 1990s a lot of progress was made in terms of increased legal protection for individuals while the period after has seen some setbacks. If I nuance it, these waves travel somewhat differently depending on the particular field of international law.
6) Q: Your blog explores international law issues such as the migrant crisis, the Palestine-Israel conflict and humanitarian intervention just to mention a few – is there a particular issue that dominates your interest and study? What are you particularly interested and fascinated by?
At the moment I am focusing on international criminal justice, the consequences of surveillance for privacy and how we as legal scholars can find new ways to do research.
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Mark Klamberg has also written for a number of journals. His work covers areas such as the Sociology of International Law, Genocide and Surveillance Law.
This book unifies international law and international relations by exploring how international law and its institutions may be relevant and influence the course of international relations in international trade, protection of the environment, human rights, international criminal justice and the use of force.
As a study on the intersection of power and law, this book will be of great interest and use to scholars and students of international law, international relations, political science, international trade, and conflict resolution.
The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research. Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.
Power and Law in International Society is part of this series