International lawyers are familiar with the argument – dating back to Austin, but still quite common today – that there is no international law, but, to say it in a nutshell, international powers only. Prof. Charles Leben’s book, The Advancement of International Law, is a rich, stimulating, and up-to-date rebuttal to such an assertion. Emeritus Professor of international law at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris, France, Prof. Leben is the new NYU Straus/Tikvah Fellow for the academic year 2011/2012. One of the leading French scholars in public international and international economic law, Prof. Leben is a practitioner as well as a theorist of law: this new volume of the French Studies in International Law series, published by Hart Publishing under the direction of Prof. Emmanuelle Jouannet, links together the two facets of its author.
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