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Wars of Law

by Tanisha M. Fazal Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Wars of Law, Tanisha M. Fazal assesses the unintended consequences of the proliferation of the laws of war for the commencement, conduct, and conclusion of wars over the course of the past one hundred fifty...


Power and Principle

by Christopher Rudolph Cornell University Press (April 01, 2017)

On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were unleashed on the civilian population in Syria, killing another 1,400 people in a civil war that had already claimed the lives of more than 140,000. As is all too often...


The End of the West

by Jeffrey J. Anderson, G. John Ikenberry & Thomas Risse Cornell University Press

The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The...


Trafficking Justice

by Lauren A. McCarthy Cornell University Press (September 30, 2015)

In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were first criminalized in Russia in 2003. In Trafficking Justice, Lauren...


The Ethics of Destruction

by Ward J. Thomas Cornell University Press (June 14, 2014)

Many assume that in international politics, and especially in war, "anything goes." Sherman famously declared war "is all hell." The implication behind the maxim is that in war there is no order, only chaos;...


Corporate Warriors

by P. W. Singer Cornell University Press (November 29, 2007)

Some have claimed that "War is too important to be left to the generals," but P. W. Singer asks "What about the business executives?" Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations...


The money laundry

by J. C. Sharman Cornell University Press

A generation ago not a single country had laws to counter money laundering; now, more countries have standardized anti-money laundering (AML) policies than have armed forces. In The Money Laundry, J. C. Sharman...


The image before the weapon

by Helen M. Kinsella Cornell University Press (March 31, 2011)

Since at least the Middle Ages, the laws of war have distinguished between combatants and civilians under an injunction now formally known as the principle of distinction. The principle of distinction is invoked...


A Scrap of Paper

by Isabel V. Hull Cornell University Press (April 16, 2014)

A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we have forgotten the central role that international law and the dramatically different interpretations of it played in the conflict’s origins and conduct. In...


The Endtimes of Human Rights

by Stephen Hopgood Cornell University Press (November 18, 2013)

"We are living through the endtimes of the civilizing mission. The ineffectual International Criminal Court and its disastrous first prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, along with the failure in Syria of the Responsibility...


The American Way of Bombing

by Matthew Evangelista & Henry Shue Cornell University Press (July 11, 2014)

Aerial bombardment remains important to military strategy, but the norms governing bombing and the harm it imposes on civilians have evolved. The past century has seen everything from deliberate attacks against...


"Lost" Causes

by Charli Carpenter Cornell University Press (May 29, 2014)

Why do some issues and threats—diseases, weapons, human rights abuses, vulnerable populations—get more global policy attention than others? How do global activist networks decide the particular causes for...


Rules for the World

by Michael Barnett & Martha Finnemore Cornell University Press (October 20, 2004)

Rules for the World provides an innovative perspective on the behavior of international organizations and their effects on global politics. Arguing against the conventional wisdom that these bodies are little...


The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management

by J. C. Sharman Cornell University Press (March 01, 2017)

An unprecedented new international moral and legal rule forbids one state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another state. The aim is to counter grand corruption or kleptocracy ("rule by thieves"),...


Everyday Law in Russia

by Kathryn Hendley Cornell University Press (February 01, 2017)

Everyday Law in Russia challenges the prevailing common wisdom that Russians cannot rely on their law and that Russian courts are hopelessly politicized and corrupt. While acknowledging the persistence of verdicts...