In yesterday’s Foreign Policy, Eric Posner has a brief piece on what he sees as some of the misunderstandings of international law. It looks as if the piece builds on the Limitations of International Law which he wrote some years back with Jack Goldsmith and draws on his most recent and forthcoming book The Perils of Global Legalism. While Posner has many critics among international law scholars, I have always found his forthrightness much welcome and refreshing. He questions, for instance, whether “Europeans Care More about International Law than Americans do” and whether “International Law Is the Best Way to Protect Human Rights”? Often such critical questions are all too hastily overlooked in international law debates.
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