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Mobilising International Law for 'Global Justice' provides new insights into the dynamics between politics and international law and the roles played by state and civic actors in pursuing human rights, development, security and justice through mobilising international law at local and international levels. This includes attempts to hold states, corporations or individuals accountable for violations of international law. Second, this book examines how enforcing international law creates particular challenges for intergovernmental regulators seeking to manage tensions between incompatible legal systems and bringing an end to harmful practices, such as foreign corruption and child abduction. Finally, it explores how international law has local resonance, whereby, for example, cities have taken it upon themselves to give effect to the spirit of international treaties that national governments fail to implement, or even may have refused to ratify.


'… very well researched, tightly argued, and refreshingly coherent … This volume is clearly intended for scholars and more advanced students of international law and relations and will be of most use to those who are well versed in critical legal studies …'

Eric A. Heinze Source: H-Diplo

‘The chapters showcase a diverse range of topics and methodologies. Through a series of case studies, the book aims to provide a number of strategies for these actors to realise the goal of preventing impunity for breaches of international law. In doing so, the book illustrates that it is possible for civil society and international lawyers to effect positive change in State-centric international legal institutions … The question of whether human rights change within a State is ‘top-down’ from international institutions or ‘bottom up’ from a mobilized society is one that international lawyers often contemplate. This book shows that under certain circumstances, it is possible for civil society to re-describe the issue to achieve some form of international justice, and that in order to do so, international law must couple with other areas, including international politics. Ultimately, this edited collection reminds international lawyers and civil society that instead of calling for reform of international institutions, there are other more effective means of achieving global justice.’

Amina Adanan Source: Journal of Conflict & Security Law (2022)

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