The international rule of law: Law and the limit of politics

Ian Hurd*

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The international rule of law is often seen as a centerpiece of the modern international order. It is routinely reaffirmed by governments, international organizations, scholars, and activists, who credit it with reducing the recourse to war, preserving human rights, and constraining (albeit imperfectly) the pursuit of state self-interests. It is commonly seen as supplanting coercion and power politics with a framework of mutual interests that is cemented by state consent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-51
Number of pages13
JournalEthics and International Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations


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