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Published: 28 November 2013

442 Pages


ISBN: 9780199685202

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Winner of the 2015 ESIL Book Prize

The Project of Positivism in International Law

Mónica García-Salmones Rovira

The History and Theory of International Law

  • Draws on history, historiography, and philosophy to present a unique, holistic overview of positivism in international law
  • Features a thought-provoking analysis of how economic liberalism came to be the dominant political force in international law
  • Shows the role of positivism in promoting and justifying colonialism and economic exploitation
  • Innovatively reassesses the roles of Hans Kelsen and Lassa Oppenheim as the founding fathers of international legal positivism, in light of the world in which they worked

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