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How to Do Things with International Law

Ian Hurd


Conventionally understood as a set of limits on state behavior, the “rule of law” in world politics is widely assumed to serve as a progressive contribution to a just, stable, and predictable world. This book challenges this received wisdom. Bringing the study of law and legality together with power, politics, and legitimation, it illustrates the complex politics of the international rule of law. The book draws on a series of timely case studies involving recent legal arguments over war, torture, and drones to demonstrate that international law not only domesticates state power but also serves ... More

Keywords: rule of law, world politics, state power, state action, violence, torture, international law, foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196503
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Hurd, author
Northwestern University