ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

maandag 21 december 2020

BOOK: Peter HILPOLD (ed.), European international law traditions (Heidelberg: Springer, 2020),


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International Law is usually considered, at least initially, to be a unitary legal order that is not subject to different national approaches. Ex definition it should be an order that transcends the national, and one that merges national perspectives into a higher understanding of law. It gains broad recognition precisely because it gives expression to a common consensus transcending national positions. The reality, however, is quite different. Individual countries’ approaches to International Law, and the meanings attached to different concepts, often diverge considerably. The result is a lack of comprehension that can ultimately lead to outright conflicts. In this book, several renowned international lawyers engage in an enquiry directed at sorting out how different European nations have contributed to the development of International Law, and how various national approaches to International Law differ. In doing so, their goal is to promote a better understanding of theory and practice in International Law.

Table of contents:

What Are and to What Avail Do We Study European International Law Traditions? (Peter Hilpold)

The Concept of International Law: The German Perspective (Christian Tomuschat)

The ‘Austrian School of International Law’: The Influence of Austrian International Lawyers on the Formation of the Present International Legal Order (Heribert Franz Koeck)

The Concept of International Law: The Italian Perspective (Carlo Focarelli)

The French Tradition of International Law (Andrea Hamann)

British Contributions to Public International Law (Michael Wood)

Exploring Belgian and Dutch “Traditions” in International Law (Jan Wouters & Nina Pineau)

International Law from a Nordic Perspective (Jacob V .H. Holtermann, Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen)

The Russian Concept of International Law as Imperial Legacy (Lauri Mälksoo)

International Adjudication Under Particular Consideration of International Criminal Justice: The German Contribution (Stefanie Bock)

German and European Ordo-Liberalism and Constitutionalism in the Postwar Development of International Economic Law (Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann)

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