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Defending the Society of States
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Defending the Society of States: Why America Opposes the International Criminal Court and its Vision of World Society

Jason Ralph


This book is among the first to address the issues raised by the International Criminal Court from an International Relations perspective. By clearly outlining a theoretical framework to interpret these issues, it makes a significant contribution to the English School's study of international society. More specifically, it offers a concise definition of ‘world society’ and thus helps to resolve a longstanding problem in international theory. This groundbreaking conceptual work is supported by an indepth empirical analysis of American opposition to the ICC. The book goes beyond the familiar arg ... More

Keywords: International Criminal Court, international society, world society, English School, American exceptionalism, universal jurisdiction, war on terror, customary international law, international humanitarian law, laws of war, transatlantic relations, E. H. Carr

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214310
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Ralph, author
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds
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