Ideas in Conflict: International Law and the War on Terror describes the transformation of international law and sovereignty in the post-war world. It imparts the causes and consequences of the rise of non-State actors' importance in international law, with a focus on human rights and terrorism as two examples of this phenomenon. After World War II, international law transformed itself radically: human rights took a central role in the post-war world as the legitimator of States, and as a key objective of the international system as one of the steps to prevent another global war. State sovereignty likewise transformed from an absolute, indivisible, and ultimate power of States into relativized and transferable quanta of State power, which in turn were partially parceled upward to international organizations, downward to sub-State public law actors, and outward to private law actors. Terrorism is one of the latest challenges posed to the international system by non-State actors.
Eric Engle has taught law in Paris (Creapole-ESDI), Germany (Universitat Bremen), Estonia (Tartu University) and Russia (Pericles LL.M. Institute) and has worked as a research aid at Harvard Law School. He currently teaches law at Humboldt Universitat, Berlin.
Introduction; Part I Contemporary International Law; Methodology; The Origins of Sovereignty in Roman and Medieval Law; The Transformation of Sovereignty and International Law in Late Modernity; The Transformation of International Law by Human Rights; The UN Convention System and US Foreign Policy; IR Realism and the Positivity of International Law; Part II The Global War on Terror; Failed States; Containment and Disengagement; Assassination and International Law; Humanitarian Intervention and International Law; Lawfare, Wikileaks and the Rule of Law.