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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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Public International Law in Twentieth-century England

Public International Law in Twentieth-century England

(p.681) Public International Law in Twentieth-century England
Jurists Uprooted

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Lassa Oppenheim, Hersch Laurerpacht, and Georg Schwarzenberger played a significant role in their time in teaching and writing about general public international law in the United Kingdom. Oppenheim, Laurerpacht, and Schwarzenberger — who held university chairs in international law in England and whose primary vocation was as teachers and writers — had little in common other than their German-speaking and Jewish background, and their subsequent British naturalisation. This chapter looks at the state of public international law in 20th century England, the English tradition of international law, and the influence of the émigré legal scholars on international law scholarship. As far as international law is concerned, three international developments of the half-century were: the move to international organisations in the political and other spheres; the development of permanent international courts and of a recognisable international judicial technique for dispute resolution; and the attempt to control the use of force as an instrument of policy in international relations.

Keywords:   Lassa Oppenheim, Hersch Laurerpacht, Georg Schwarzenberger, public international law, émigré legal scholars, international organisations, international courts, dispute resolution, international relations

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