Did outlawing war in the mid-20th Century change international politics? Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro have reignited this debate with their book “The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World.” They suggest that it did and point to the dramatic decline of wars of conquest after the Kellogg-Briand Pact as evidence.
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A review of Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro's, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (Simon & Schuster, 2017)
When we wrote "The Internationalists," our aim was not only to offer a novel account of how the world order took shape—that a largely forgotten treaty signed in 1928 to outlaw war set in motion a process that transformed the way states behave. We also sought to counter the common view that law is irrelevant in a world of great power politics. This view is generally associated with the “realist” school of international relations.
The next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place today from 5-7 pm, September 11. Jack Goldsmith will interview Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro, professors at Yale Law School, about their new book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World.