America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939 (Hardback)Mark Weston Janis (author)
Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 18/02/2010
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America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939 is a unique exploration of the ways in which Americans have perceived, applied, advanced, and frustrated international law. It demonstrates the varieties and continuities of America's approaches to international law. The book begins with the important role the law of nations played for founders like Jefferson and Madison in framing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It then discusses the intellectual contributions to international law made by leaders in the New Republic -Kent and Wheaton- and the place of international law in the 19th century judgments of Marshall, Story, and Taney. The book goes on to examine the contributions of American utopians -Dodge, Worcester, Ladd, Burritt, and Carnegie- to the establishment of the League of Nations, the World Court, the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law. It finishes with an analysis of the wavering support to international law given by Woodrow Wilson and the emergence of a new American isolationism following the disappointment of World War I. For anyone who hopes to understand the important place of international law in America and the complex role of America in the development of international law, America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939 is a crucial read.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 18 mm
"A welcome addition to the canon of international law scholarship. Libraries and researchers alike will find the footnotes alone make America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939
worth adding to their collections."-AAAL Spectrum
"Janis's important new book reminds us that an effective law of nations requires a commitment on the part of idealistic men and women who have the will and energy to resolve the problems and overcome the challenges."
--John F. Murphy, Villanova University
The American Journal of International Law
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