Between Equal Rights

Between Equal Rights : A Marxist Theory of International Law

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This book critically examines existing theories of international law and offers a compelling alternative Marxist view.

Drawing on a critical history of international law from the sixteenth century to the present day, Mieville argues that international law is fundamentally constituted by the violence of imperialism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 29mm | 636g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745325742
  • 9780745325743
  • 660,698

Table of contents


1. 'The Vanishing Point of Jurisprudence'

2. Dissident Theories: Critical Legal Studies and Historical Materialism

3. For Pashukanis: An Exposition and Defence of the Commodity-Form Theory of Law

4. Coercion and the Legal Form: Politics, (International) Law and the State

5. States, Markets and the Sea: Issues in the History of International Law

6. Imperialism, Sovereignty and International Law

Conclusion: Against the Rule of Law

Appendix: Pashukanis and International Law


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Review quote

'We have waited a long time for a comprehensive and progressive critique of international law. Mieville proves the wait was worth it' -- Anthony Chase, Nova Southeastern University Law Centre 'The most sophisticated Left critique of international law available today as well as one of the most significant contributions to the theory and history of international law I have read. It raises the debate about law's role in a globalised world order to a completely new level' -- Martti Koskenniemi, Director, Erik Castren Institute of International Law, University of Helsinki 'China Mieville's brilliantly original book is an indispensable guide for anyone concerned with international law. It is the most comprehensive scholarly account available of the central theoretical debates about the foundations of international law. It offers a guide for the lay reader into the central texts in the field' -- Peter Gowan, Professor, International Relations, London Metropolitan University
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About China Mieville

China Mieville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. He is the author of October (Verso, 2017), The City and The City (Macmillan, 2011) Between Equal Rights (Pluto, 2006) and editor of Red Planets (Pluto, 2009).
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