The impact of international law on the crisis politics of world order is the subject of this insightful article. The author briefly traces the origins of international law before focusing particularly on the events of the First World War. Although acknowledging that in this instance international law was powerless to alter the course of events leading to the first great international conflict, the author observes that the role of the law was much more significant than most historians credit. International law, the author concludes, offers at least the hope that in future crises the law will influence, rather than be influenced by, politicians.
Robert A. Friedlander,
Who Put out the Lamps: Thoughts on International Law and the Coming of World War I,
Duq. L. Rev.
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