The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law, 1870-1960


Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late 19th century, and its subsequent decline after the Second World War. He combines legal analysis, historical and political critique and semi-biographical studies of key figures, including Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau. Finally, his discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 "instrumentalism". This wide-ranging study provides a unique reflection on the future of critical international law.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Martti Koskenniemi
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2001


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