Cinema has been an object of study for the social sciences for some time now. The relationship between law and cinema has been the subject of a certain number of reflections by jurists who work essentially within a national legal framework, and from the true genre that courtroom movies have become. One can point also to studies linking cinema and international relations. In short, the relationship between international law and cinema has never been the subject of a specific book. The objective of the present book is to show what image of international law and its norms is conveyed in films and series. Beyond a strictly legal analysis, the ambition is to take into account, in a broader perspective marked by interdisciplinarity, the relations between international law, cinema and ideology. The volume is aimed at a readership made of scholars, researchers as well as practitioners, in the field of international law, and related fields, all of whom will benefit from being introduced to a variety of perspectives on core international legal questions present in movies and TV series. Further, the volume can also be used with advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying international law, politics and international relations because it will provide the possibility of introducing students to a variety of perspectives on key issues in international law present in movies and TV series.
The foundations of modern
international law are usually traced by Western international lawyers to
the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 at the end of the Thirty Years War. 1 This historical moment
is taken to mark the transition from an imperial and ecclesiastical
order in which the Emperor and the Pope exercised hierarchical authority
over groups and
Representing the first book-length treatment of the application of feminist theories of international law, The boundaries of international law argues that the absence of women in the development of international law has produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that has legitimated the unequal position of women worldwide rather than confronted it. With a new introduction that reflects on the profound changes in international law since the book’s first publication in 2000, this volume is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and students alike.
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involvement with the Nazis. Already his early writings ‘fused resentment against the Versailles Diktat with calls for solidarity among those oppressed by the “West”’. 91 Berber searched for an argumentative strategy to undermine the obligations that the country grudgingly accepted at Versailles. In this revisionist enterprise, his and Borchard’s interests certainly met.
In 1934 Berber presented a theoryofinternationallaw as politics that was in many aspects quite similar to Borchard’s ideas, which he cited approvingly. Berber argued that the study of international law