Philip Allott

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Philip Allott is Professor Emeritus of International Public Law at Cambridge University, a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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The Idealist’s Dilemma: Re-Imagining International Society

There has never been a better time to be an international lawyer.   International Law is at last emerging as a sophisticated legal system, in an international society experiencing take-off – to borrow two metaphors from development economics. International Law is living its own 1860’s.   From the 1860’s, especially in European countries and the United States, the…

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Comments on Jean d’Aspremont, Formalism and the Sources of International Law. A Theory of the Ascertainment of Legal Rules

Jean d’Aspremont’s book evokes subliminally two recurring nightmares – one social, one intellectual. Socially, it reminds us of the failure of law to secure its proper place in international society. Intellectually, it reminds us of the part played by the modern university in the disempowering of the human mind. The conventions of monograph-writing require that the…

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