Briefly… on “The Limits of International Law”

Goldsmith and Posner in their book The Limits of International Law prepare several arguments that outline the shortcomings in international law. Importantly, they do not propose that international law is entirely a failure, or that is has no relevance in the international community; rather, they challenge the assumptions that customary international law is “unitary, universal, and exogenous” (25). Goldsmith and Posner seek to explain that the reasons behind the behavioral regulations that we observe as customary international law, may not be as clear as previously thought. They capture four models that describe and capture behavior regularities: coincidence of interest, coercion, cooperation, and coordination… Keep Reading.


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