Progress in International Law


Progress in International Law is a comprehensive accounting of international law for our times. Forty leading international law theorists analyze the most significant current issues in international law and their critical assessments draw diverse conclusions about the current state and future prospects of international law. The material is grouped under the headings: The History and Theory of International Law; The Sources of International Law and Their Application in the United States; International Actors; International Jurisdiction and International Jurisprudence; The Use of Force and the World's Peace; and The Challenge of Protecting the Environment and Human Rights. The book draws its inspiration from a similar survey undertaken in 1932 by Harvard Law Professor and PCIJ Judge Manley O. Hudson. In his book Progress in International Organization, Hudson sought to demonstrate that what he perceived as an emerging international infrastructure, and as moves toward the rule of law in international affairs, were sure signs of human progress towards peace and cooperation. Progress in International Law critically engages with that claim as a normative matter and, at the same time, presents the evidence by which a judgment about our own progress towards peace and cooperation might be judged.
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Biographical Note

Russell A. Miller is an Associate Professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Until 2008 he was an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. He is a regular Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He has published a number of books and articles on international and comparative law with, among others, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the American Journal of International Law. He is co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal ( With Rebecca Bratspies, he was the co-founder and co-convener of the Idaho International Law Symposium.

Rebecca M. Bratspies is an Associate Professor at the City University (CUNY) School of Law. She is a member-scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She has published widely in the fields of environmental law, biotechnology and international law, including inter alia with Cambridge University Press and the Yale Journal of International Law. With Russell Miller, she is the co-founder and co-convener of the Idaho International Law Symposium.

Review Quotes

"An absolutely first rate collection of provocative articles by leading scholars in the field. Miller and Bratspies introduce the volume with a fascinating study of international law in the United States after the First World War -- a moment parallel to our own. Then as now, international law was a collision point for political visions of America's role in the world. The field was remade, as it is being remade today by those who contribute to this excellent volume." - David W. Kennedy, Director, European Law Research Center / Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
"This fine collection ... in its near-comprehensive breadth, provides the raw material for another generation’s imagining the progress of international law." - José E. Alvarez, Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School / 2006–2008 President of the American Society of International Law

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