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The Power and Purpose of International Law: Insights from the Theory and Practice of Enforcement

Mary Ellen O'Connell


International law supports order in the world and the attainment of humanity's fundamental goals of advancing peace, prosperity, human rights, and environmental protection. Yet, there have been voices for centuries attacking international law in order to promote the dominance or hegemony of a single nation. After 9/11, such advocates succeeded in getting America's leaders to invade Iraq, establish Guantanamo Bay and black sites, use waterboarding and other forms of torture and coercion during interrogation, and execute individuals in defiance of the International Court of Justice. This book re ... More

Keywords: authority, natural law, positive law, process theory, enforcement, armed force, sanctions, countermeasures, courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Ellen O'Connell, author
University of Notre Dame Law School