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Edited by Abdulqawi A. Yusuf

The African Yearbook of International Law provides an intellectual forum for the systematic analysis and scientific dissection of issues of international law as they apply to Africa, as well as Africa's contribution to the progressive development of international law. It contributes to the promotion, acceptance of and respect for the principles of international law, as well as to the encouragement of the teaching, study, dissemination and wider appreciations of international law in Africa. A clear articulation of Africa's views on the various aspects of international law based on the present realities of the continent as well as on Africa's civilization, culture, philosophy and history will undoubtedly contribute to a better understanding among nations.
The African Yearbook of International Law plays an important role in examining the tensions underlying the State in Africa, and by shedding more light on the causes of the fragility of African State institutions so as to facilitate the identification of appropriate remedies. The tension and interrelationships among issues such as territorial integrity, self determination, ethnic diversity and nation-building are constantly addressed. Development, human rights and democratization in Africa are also the subject of continuous attention and examination.
The Special Theme of this volume is Regional Economic Integration in Africa.

Broken Chain of Being

James Brown Scott and the Origins of Modern International Law

Christopher R. Rossi

Part detective story, part intellectual history of the rise of international law, and part critique, this original, thoughtful work offers readers both a fresh perspective on important historical developments in international law and a new level of comprehension and guidance into its future.
Understanding the development of international law and its connection to morality contributes to an assessment of the problems and prospects of international law today. Using James Brown Scott, the controversial American international lawyer, as a vehicle, the author engages in a probing examination of perspectives on the workings of the legal order centered on the concept of "plenitudinism"-a multi-layered expression of the idea of fullness in the international legal system.
This challenging work provides revealing insights about the past, the failings, and the possibilities in international law, particularly in the field of enforcement of human rights.