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Mezinárodní právo po 11. září 2001
International Law after 9/11

Author(s): Lukáš Hoder
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: international law; human rights; Iraq war; George W. Bush; neoconservatism

Summary/Abstract: Being a part of the social world, international law is not closed nor isolated system – on the contrary, it is in an intimate interaction with international relations and politics. Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, taught for example at the Princeton University and presently at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is interested in the connections between IL and IR and is a prolific writer on this topic. Two of his last books, The costs of War – International Law, the UN and World Order After Iraq (2008) and Achieving Human Rights (2009) are reviewed in this essay in highly critical manner. In the essay, Falk’s normative inquiry into the legal and political developments is contrasted with the latest discussions in both the International Law and International Relations. In the review essay, Falk is criticised for his unconvincing criticism of the US foreign policy, for his intelectual shortcuts and excessive idealism. However, very interesting and significant parts of both books are emphasized and Falk’s books are considered to be worth reading. His insight into the international legal problems and into the developments of human rights is outstanding.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2010
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 467-477
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech