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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

History of International Law, since World War II

Martti Koskenniemi

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 August 2022

Since World War II

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 According to a widespread conclusion among diplomats and politicians in the 1940s, the inter-war political system had failed at least partly owing to its ‘legalism’, its apparently excessive faith in the power of legal rules, institutions, and processes to bring about peace and justice among nations. The structures of the League of Nations, it was widely held, had failed to integrate concerns of power and policy, epitomized above all in the absence of the Great Powers from its institutions at crucial moments, the break-down of its machinery of collective...
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