Eric Posner’s THE PERILS OF GLOBAL LEGALISM is both a laudable and interesting work that contributes an important and rather sobering perspective towards understanding of the status and function of international law within the international order. Its strengths are its logical argument, which flows well throughout the book, its broad research tapping many areas of international law, a crisp writing style and an innovative, empirical approach drawing from a variety of sources. A further strength of the work is the hard look Posner’s takes at some of the claims of international law’s ardent supporters that produces a rather discouraging analysis of the present state of international law -- not to mention its trajectory. Its weakness, however, is that the sober analysis has a polemic quality which results from pitting his critical positive inquiry against the more orthodox normative analysis of the international legal system and its development.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Law and Politics Book Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|