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Comparative Law as Transnational LawA Decade of the German Law Journal$
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Russel A. Miller and Peer C. Zumbansen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795208.001.0001

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The Last Treatise †

The Last Treatise †

Project and Person (Reflections on Martti Koskenniemi’s From Apology to Utopia)

(p.75) 8 The Last Treatise
Comparative Law as Transnational Law

David Kennedy

Oxford University Press

This chapter comments on the reissued edition of Martti Koskenniemi's From Apology to Utopia. The book is described as the most significant late 20th-century English language monograph in the field of international law. It offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of the doctrinal materials and intellectual history of the discipline. It became an instant classic in the analysis of law's rhetorical structures, and may be the last great original treatise in international law. It both synthesized the materials and demonstrated the impossibility of their being synthesized in a stable and intellectually coherent fashion. The treat in this reissued edition is Martti's new epilogue. In it, he reflects on what he was seeking to achieve in ways that will open the text to new readings while remaining true to the spirit of the initial project.

Keywords:   Martti Koskenniemi, From Apology to Utopia, international law, intellectual history

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