International Territorial Administration
How Trusteeship and The Civilizing Mission Never Went Away
Reviews and Awards
Winner of the ASIL Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law for 2009!
"Dr. Wilde's review of the nature and purposes of international territorial administration is definitely a must read. Dr. Wilde has carried out extensive and well documented analysis of this mechanism demonstrating his deep knowledge of international territorial administration projects. The link made between international territorial administration projects and other institutions of international law which are now seen as illegitimate (e.g. colonialism) raises very interesting and important questions about the legitimacy of contemporary international territorial administration projects. This is definitely an element to be considered to ensure that this practice remains acceptable to the international community." - Vincent Roobaert, NATO Legal Gazette
"The book's nine chapters are divided in to numbered subsections. This convenient approach facilitates ease of access to content, and convenient cross-referencing, for the many users likely to rely on Professor Wilde's well-written and documented discourse... Wilde has masterfully penned a rather disquieting account of the ITA device. It has arguably failed to merge word and deed, in terms of the equality guaranteed all nations under applicable UN Charter principles. The publication of his riveting discourse focuses on the downside risk of quick-fix approaches to managing the complexities of the governed entity." - William Slomanson, ASIL UN21 Interest Group Newsletter
"Wilde's book manages to do two things excellently, when even doing an excellent job at one would be notable...On one hand his book presents a careful theoretical expositition of his proposition, that international administration has become not only an international institution but one with continuing, unified policy objectives. It's a syndrome, a chronic condition or effort that has developed over decades, not an ad hoc, disunited band aid policy as it is presented. His case is clear and his presentation balanced and careful. On the other hand the book is a thorough empirical study of a) the universe of cases! b) over time! To document this condition as well as assess and qualify his thesis. There are great books on theory and great empirical books but when they are combined, one side almost always dominates. Wilde's book doesn't have that sort of imbalance, and the two sides complement rather than undermine each other." -Cheryl Shanks
"Wilde's writing and arguments are compelling and force us to think critically and deeply about the way in which states and the international community can engage with one another for the betterment and advancement of all." --Lindsey Cameron and Rebecca Everly Global Law Books, www.globallawbooks.org