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The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

Thursday, January 25, 2018,

  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School - Covington Room

Please join the International Legal Studies Program in welcoming Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School for her lecture on her new book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

Co-authored by Scott J. Shapiro, The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals-- Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships.

The Internationalists examines with renewed appreciation an international system that has outlawed wars of aggression and brought unprecedented stability to the world map. Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century-- and how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible.