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The Empire of International Legalism

| September 2018
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In this essay, Ian Hurd uses the provocative term “empire” to show how the international legal system is also a political system based on the dominance of law over politics for governments around the world.

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<i>Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century</i>, by Kathryn Sikkink

Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century, by Kathryn Sikkink

| September 2018
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Kathryn Sikkink’s recent book introduces a set of new ideas and approaches for assessing human rights’ effectiveness that, like her past groundbreaking work, will likely be debated, developed, and critiqued for years to come.

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The Social Cost of International Investment Agreements: The Case of Cigarette Packaging

| June 2018
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In this essay, Jennifer L. Tobin argues that international investment agreements impinge on states’ domestic regulatory sovereignty in unforeseen ways, and that these hidden social costs are normatively problematic.

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<i>EIA</i> Interview on Crime and Global Justice with Daniele Archibugi

EIA Interview on Crime and Global Justice with Daniele Archibugi

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Adam Read-Brown talks with Daniele Archibugi about selectivity, “winners justice,” and the perceived legitimacy international criminal tribunals.

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A Practically Informed Morality of War: Just War, International Law, and a Changing World Order

| December 2017
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Just war, international law, and world order are all historically conditioned realities that interrelate with one another in complex ways. This essay explores their historical development and current status while critically examining their interrelationship.

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On the Relationship Between the Ethics and the Law of War: Cyber Operations and Sublethal Harm

| December 2017
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This essay examines the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare in order to illustrate the importance of both ethical and legal perspectives on norms governing the initiation and conduct of a new form of interstate conflict.

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Rising Powers, Responsibility, and International Society

| September 2017
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This article examines statements made by rising powers Brazil, China, and India in UN Security Council meetings between 2011 and 2016 to identify their perspectives on which international actors are responsible and what constitutes responsible action. Gaskarth then analyzes these statements in light of English School theory on responsibility and international society.

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“Utopian in the Right Sense”: The Responsibility to Protect and the Logical Necessity of Reform

| September 2017
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In this article, Aidan Hehir writes that claims made about the success of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) echo the pejorative conceptions of “utopianism” as advanced by E. H. Carr and Ken Booth. In order to revive RtoP, Hehir suggests a potential reform of the existing international legal order that meets Carr’s preference for normative thinking that is “utopian in the right sense.”

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