The Law of Nations: An Introduction to the International Law of Peace

The Law of Nations: An Introduction to the International Law of Peace

The Law of Nations: An Introduction to the International Law of Peace

The Law of Nations: An Introduction to the International Law of Peace

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The third edition of this book was published in 1942, but owing to the difficulties of war-time publishing it was little more than a reprint of the second edition of 1936. Much has happened in the field of international law since that date, and the present edition contains much new matter. But the purpose of the book remains what it was when it was first published in 1928. It is not intended as a substitute for the standard text-books on the subject, but as an introduction either for students who are beginning their law courses, or, I hope, for laymen who wish to form some idea of the part that law plays, or that we may reasonably hope that it will play, in the relations of states. That question has never been more important than it is to-day, but it is one that cannot be answered by a priori methods. Such methods lead too often either to an underestimation of the services that, even as things are, international law is rendering to the world, or to an equally mistaken assumption that it offers us the key to all our international troubles. The truth is that it is neither a myth on the one hand, nor a panacea on the other, but just one institution among others which we can use for the building of a saner international order.

OXFORD

J. L. B.

April, 1949.

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