In our globalised world the sources and actors of international law are many and its growth prolific and disorderly. International law governs the actions of states on matters as long-established as diplomatic immunity or as recent as the War on Terror, and it now impacts upon the lives of ordinary citizens in areas as diverse as banking and investment, public health and the protection of the environment. In this accessible introduction Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet explains the latest developments in international law in the light of its history and culture, presenting it as an instrument both for dominance and for change that adjusts and balances the three pillars of the United Nations Charter: the prohibition of the use of force; economic, social and sustainable development; and human rights.
Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet is Professor at Sciences Po Paris Law School. Among the most prominent French international law scholars of her generation, she is the author of many publications, including two books in English: The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: A History of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and What is a Fair International Society? International Law between Development and Recognition (2013). She is also one of the editors-in-chief of the Journal of the History of International Law.
Introduction; 1. International law as history and culture; 2. International law as a legal order; 3. International law as an instrument of regulation and social intervention; Conclusion.