The politics of international law ism of diplomats or the speculative utopias of an academic elite if only the rule of law can be fortified to exclude these contrasting distortions then at least the jurists part in the construction of a just world order has been adequately executed. Today international law is everywhere wars are fought and opposed in its name it is invoked to claim rights and to challenge them to indict or support political leaders to distribute resources and to expand or limit the powers of domestic and international institutions. This lecture entitled the politics of international law was delivered at the lauterpacht centre on thursday 26th january 2012 by professor martti koskenniemi professor of international law . An introduction to international law for politics and ir students this textbook introduction to international law and justice is specially written for students studying law in other departments such as politics and ir written by a lawyer and a political theorist it shows how international politics has influenced international law. The article that opened the european journal of international law 20 years ago made the point about the inevitability of politics in the profession of public international law1 it did this by analysing in some detail doctrinal problems sovereignty sources history case law familiar to all international lawyers it was of
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