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    ‘Gods would be needed…’: American empire and the rule of (international) law

    Fitzpatrick, Peter (2003) ‘Gods would be needed…’: American empire and the rule of (international) law. Leiden Journal of International Law 16 (3), pp. 429-466. ISSN 0922-1565.


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    In the perennial debate over whether the dependence of international law on power is complete or whether international law maintains some independence for itself, the latter position is increasingly and at best marginal. Here that direction of the debate is reversed. The very dependence of international law on power is integral to a relation of mutual dependence between them. It is in this relation that power constituently depends on an international law which, in its turn, contains a primal efficacy. That efficacy is illustrated in its countering the claims of American empire.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © 2003 Foundation of the Leiden Journal of International Law, Cambridge University Press
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): international law, power, law, sovereignty, ethics, empire
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2007
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 02:43


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