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 purpose of this book remains what it was when it was first published in 1928. It is not intended as a substitute for the standard textbooks on the subject, but as an introduction 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 cannot be answered by a priori methods which lead too often either to an under-estimation of the services that international law is already rendering, 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 better international order.

J. L. B.

Oxford December 1954 . . .

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