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War, Commerce, and International Law Hardcover – December 28, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195341027 ISBN-10: 0195341023

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195341023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195341027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Thuo Gathii is the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. His research and expertise is in the areas of public international law, international economic law including law and development, international trade law as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Before joining Albany Law School, Professor Gathii taught at the Rutgers Business School. He was also a Crowe and Dunlevy Visiting International Law Professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of Law. Professor Gathii received his LL.B. from the University of Nairobi and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Lytton on March 2, 2010
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Right out of the starting gate, this book embraces the central ambiguities and tensions in the legal relationship between war and commerce that are then artfully exposed and analyzed throughout the book. The book employs sophisticated theories of hard and soft norms, the relationship of power to law, public/private distinctions, and the legacy of colonialism to explain just how weak the laws of war are and why it is so important to expose the weakness and commit ourselves to a more principled, multilateral rule of law to regulate conflict. The book uses legal history to expose not only the roots but also the conceptual framework of the regime we live in today, and then uses that analysis to explain what is really going on behind the news we read about Iraq or Sierra Leone.

The book's critique is clear and compelling, and the tone is calm and passionate, not at all angry or shrill. It argues in terms that are completely comprehensible to non-specialists. For critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, this book is an essential resource.
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