ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

dinsdag 11 februari 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Saliha BELMESSOUS on JENNIFER PITTS. Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire (American Historical Review 2020)

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First paragraph:
Jennifer Pitts’s Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire examines the role of international law in shaping relations between Western European imperial powers and non-European societies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book is presentist in the sense that it seeks to show how international law and order came to be dominated by Western powers up to today. Pitts criticizes the view that the law of nations was a European discourse produced to regulate relations between free and equal European states. The context in which the law of nations was produced—imperial expansion and other overseas activities—permeated the legal principles set up to regulate international relations. The law of nations was therefore a discourse produced to regulate relations between Europeans...
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