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Great powers and outlaw states: unequal sovereigns in the international legal order

Simpson, Gerry (2004) Great powers and outlaw states: unequal sovereigns in the international legal order. Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law. (32). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521534901

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Identification Number: 10.2277/0521534909


The presence of Great Powers and outlaw states is a central but under-explored feature of international society. In this book, Gerry Simpson describes the ways in which an international legal order based on 'sovereign equality' has accommodated the Great Powers and regulated outlaw states since the beginning of the nineteenth-century. In doing so, the author offers a fresh understanding of sovereignty which he terms juridical sovereignty to show how international law has managed the interplay of three languages: the languages of Great Power prerogative, the language of outlawry (or anti-pluralism) and the language of sovereign equality. The co-existence and interaction of these three languages is traced through a number of moments of institutional transformation in the global order from the Congress of Vienna to the 'war on terrorism'. Relevance to contemporary political crises involving major powers and rogue states A rare historical study of international law Historical and legal analysis of wars in Kosovo and Afghanistan

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Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: LSE Human Rights
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 14:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:48

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