The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

ISBN : 9780198725220

Bardo Fassbender; Anne Peters; Simone Peter
1280 Pages
177 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
Oxford Handbooks in Law
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The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law provides an authoritative and original overview of the origins, concepts, and core issues of international law. The first comprehensive Handbook on the history of international law, it is a truly unique contribution to the literature of international law and relations. Pursuing both a global and an interdisciplinary approach, the Handbook brings together some sixty eminent scholars of international law, legal history, and global history from all parts of the world. 
Covering international legal developments from the 15th century until the end of World War II, the Handbook consists of over sixty individual chapters which are arranged in six parts. The book opens with an analysis of the principal actors in the history of international law, namely states, peoples and nations, international organisations and courts, and civil society actors. Part Two is devoted to a number of key themes of the history of international law, such as peace and war, the sovereignty of states, hegemony, religion, and the protection of the individual person. Part Three addresses the history of international law in the different regions of the world (Africa and Arabia, Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe), as well as 'encounters' between non-European legal cultures (like those of China, Japan, and India) and Europe which had a lasting impact on the body of international law. Part Four examines certain forms of 'interaction or imposition' in international law, such as diplomacy (as an example of interaction) or colonization and domination (as an example of imposition of law). The classical juxtaposition of the civilized and the uncivilized is also critically studied. Part Five is concerned with problems of the method and theory of history writing in international law, for instance the periodisation of international law, or Eurocentrism in the traditional historiography of international law. The Handbook concludes with a Part Six, entitled "People in Portrait", which explores the life and work of twenty prominent scholars and thinkers of international law, ranging from Muhammad al-Shaybani to Sir Hersch Lauterpacht.
The Handbook will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of international law. It provides historians with new perspectives on international law, and increases the historical and cultural awareness of scholars of international law. It is the standard reference work for the global history of international law.


Introduction: Towards a Global History of International Law, Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters
Part One: Actors
1: Peoples and Nations, Jörg Fisch
2: States: Rise and Decline of the Primary Subjects of the International Community, Antonio Cassese
3: Peace Treaties and the Formation of International Law, Randall Lesaffer
4: Minorities and Majorities, Janne Elisabeth Nijman
5: Hostes humani generis: Pirates, Slavers, and other Criminals, Joaquín Alcáide Fernandez
6: International Arbitration and Courts, Cornelis G. Roelofsen
7: International Organizations: Between Technocracy and Democracy, Anne Peters and Simone Peter
8: Peace Movements, Civil Society, and the Development of International Law, Cecelia M. Lynch
Part Two: Themes
9: Territory and Boundaries, Daniel-Erasmus Khan
10: Cosmopolis and Utopia, Dominique Gaurier
11: Peace and War, Mary Ellen O'Connell
12: Religion and Religious Intervention, Antje von Ungern-Sternberg
13: The Protection of the Individual in Times of War and Peace, Robert Kolb
14: Trade, Chartered Companies, and Mercantile Associations, Koen Stapelbroek
15: The Sea, David J. Bederman
Part Three: Regions
I. Africa and Arabia
16: Africa North of the Sahara and Arab Countries, Fatiha Sahli and Abdelmalek El Ouazzani
17: Africa, James Thuo Gathii
18: The Ottoman Empire and the Abode of Islam, Umut Özsu
II. Asia
19: China, Shin Kawashima
20: Japan, Masaharu Yanagihara
21: India, Bimal N. Patel
III. The Americas and the Caribbean
22: North America: American Exceptionalism in International Law, Mark W. Janis
23: Latin America, Jorge L. Esquirol
24: The Caribbean, David Berry
IV. Europe
25: From the Late Middle Ages to the Peace of Westphalia, Martin Kintzinger
26: From the Peace of Westphalia to the Congress of Vienna, Heinz Duchhardt
27: From the Congress of Vienna to the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919, Milos Vec
28: From the Paris Peace Treaties to the End of the Second World War, Peter Krüger
V. Encounters
29: China - Europe, Chi-Hua Tang
30: Japan - Europe, Kinji Akashi
31: India - Europe, Upendra Baxi
32: Russia - Europe, Lauri Mälksoo
33: North American Indigenous Peoples' Encounters, Kenneth Coates
Part Four: Interaction or Imposition
34: Diplomacy, Arthur Eyffinger
35: Discovery, Conquest, and Occupation of Territory, Andrew Fitzmaurice
36: Colonialism and Domination, Matthew Craven
37: Slavery, Seymour Drescher and Paul Finkelman
38: The Civilized and the Uncivilized, Liliana Obregón Tarazona
Part Five: Methodology and Theory
39: A History of International Law Histories, Martti Koskenniemi
40: Doctrine versus State Practice, Anthony Carty
41: The Periodization of the History of International Law, Oliver Diggelmann
42: The Reception of Ancient Legal Th ought in Early Modern International Law, Kaius Tuori
43: Eurocentrism in the History of International Law, Arnulf Becker Lorca
44: Identifying Regions and Sub-Regions in the History of International Law, Antony Anghie
Part Six: People in Portrait
45: Muhammad al-Shaybani (749/50-805), Mashood A. Baderin
46: Francisco de Vitoria (1480-1546) and Francisco Suárez (1548-1617), Annabel Brett
47: Alberico Gentili (1552-1608), Merio Scattola
48: Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), Peter Haggenmacher
49: Samuel Pufendorf (1632-1694), Knud Haakonssen
50: Christian Wolff (1679-1754), Knud Haakonssen
51: Cornelius van Bynkershoek (1673-1743), Kinji Akashi
52: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Georg Cavallar
53: Emer de Vattel (1714-1767), Emmanuelle Jouannet
54: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), Pauline Kleingeld
55: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Armin von Bogdandy and Sergio Dellavalle
56: Henry Wheaton (1785-1848), Lydia H. Liu
57: Francis Lieber (1798-1872), Silja Vöneky
58: Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914), Simone Peter
59: Friedrich Fromhold von Martens (Fyodor Fyodorovich Martens) (1845-1909), Lauri Mälksoo
60: Lassa Oppenheim (1858-1919), Mathias Schmoeckel
61: Max Huber (1874-1960), Oliver Diggelmann
62: Georges Scelle (1878-1961), Oliver Diggelmann
63: Hans Kelsen (1881-1973), Bardo Fassbender
64: Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), Bardo Fassbender
65: Sir Hersch Lauterpacht (1897-1960), Iain G.M. Scobbie

About the author: 

Bardo Fassbender, Professor of International Law, Bundeswehr University, Munich
Anne Peters, Professor of Public International Law and Swiss Constitutional Law, University of Basel, Switzerland
Simone Peter, Lawyer, Public Administration of Basel-Stadt
Daniel Högger, Research assistant and PhD candidate, University of Basel


Kinji Akashi, Keio University, Japan
Antony Anghie, S.J. Quinney College of Law Utah, USA
Mashood A. Baderin, School of Oriental and African Studies London, United Kingdom
Upendra Baxi, Warwick University, United Kingdom
David J. Bederman, Emory University School of Law, USA
David Berry, University of the West Indies, Barbados
Reinhard Blänkner, University of Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Public and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Annabel Brett, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Antony Carty, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The late Antonio Cassese, University of Florence, Italy
Georg Cavallar, University of Vienna, Austria
Kenneth Coates, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Matthew Craven, School of Oriental and African Studies London, United Kingdom
Sergio Dellavalle, University of Turin, Italy
Oliver Diggelmann, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh, USA (historian) and Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School,
New York, USA
Heinz Duchhardt, University of Mainz, Germany
Abdelmalek El Ouazzani, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
Jorge L. Esquirol, Florida International University, USA
Arthur Eyffinger, Huygens Institute, The Hague, Netherlands
Joaquín Alcáide Fernandez, University of Sevilla, Spain
Jörg Fisch, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Sidney, Australia
Dominique Gaurier, University of Nantes, France
James Thuo Gathii, Albany Law School, New York, USA
Knud Haakonssen, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Peter Haggenmacher, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Mark W. Janis, University of Connecticut School of Law, USA
Emmanuelle Jouannet, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), France
Shin Kawashima, University of Tokio, Japan
Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany
Martin Kintzinger, University of Munster, Germany
Pauline Kleingeld, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Robert Kolb, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
Peter Krüger, University of Marburg, Germany
Randall Lesaffer, Tilburg University, Leuven, Belgium
Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University, New York, USA
Arnulf Becker Lorca, Brown University, USA
Cecelia M. Lynch, University of California, USA
Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu, Estonia
Janne Elisabeth Nijman, Amsterdam University, Netherlands
Mary Ellen O'Connell, University of Notre Dame Law School, Indiana, USA
Umut Özsu, University of Manitoba, Canada
Bimal N. Patel, Gujarat National Law University, India
Cornelis G. Roelofsen, Prof. em. University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Fatiha Sahli, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
Merio Scattola, University of Padova, Italy
Mathias Schmoeckel, University of Bonn, Germany
Iain G.M. Scobbie, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom
Koen Stapelbroek, University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Chi-Hua Tang, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Liliana Obregón Tarazona, University of the Andes, Colombia
Kaius Tuori, University of Helsinki, Finland
Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, University of Munster, Germany
Milos Vec, Max Planck Institute for Legal History, Frankfurt, Germany
Silja Vöneky, University of Freiburg, Germany
Masaharu Yanagihara, Kyushu University, Japan

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