Between Equal Rights

Between Equal Rights : A Marxist Theory of International Law

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"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 "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 globalized world order to a completely new level." Martti Koskenniemi, Director, Erik Castren Institute of International Law, University of Helsinki "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 Mieville 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 154 x 226 x 24mm | 639.58g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745325742
  • 9780745325743
  • 625,515

Table of contents

Introduction 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 Bibliography Indexshow more

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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 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 globalized world order to a completely new level. -- Martti Koskenniemi, Director, Erik Castren Institute of International Law, University of Helsinki 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 Centreshow more

About China Mieville

China Mieville is an independent researcher and an award-winning novelist. He is a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism. Mieville's novel Perdido Street Station won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award.show more

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