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The Project of Positivism in International Law

Mónica García-Salmones Rovira


International legal positivism has been crucial to the development of international law since the nineteenth century. It is often seen as the basis of mainstream or traditional international legal thought. This book addresses this theory in the long-standing tradition of critical intellectual histories of international law. It provides a nuanced analysis of the resilience of the economic-positivist theory, and shows how influential its role was in shaping the modern frameworks of international law. The book argues that the rise of positivist international law was inseparable from philosophical ... More

Keywords: legal positivism, legal thought, capitalism, human nature, Hans Kelsen, Lassa Oppenheim, harmonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, author
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki