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When International Law Works: Realistic Idealism After 9/11 and the Global Recession

Tai-Heng Cheng


This book addresses the current international law debates and transcends them. Responding to influential statements on international law by such scholars as Goldsmith, Posner, O'Connell, and Guzman, the book presents a new framework that decision-makers should consider when they confront an international problem that implicates the often-competing policies and interests of their own communities and global order. Instead of advocating for or against international law as legitimate or binding, as many commentators do, the book acknowledges its shortcomings while presenting a practical means of d ... More

Keywords: international law, compliance, global economic crisis, Islamist terrorism, global problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195370171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tai-Heng Cheng, author
Professor of Law and Co-Director for Global Law, Justice & Policy, New York Law School, New York, NY, USA