A distinguished jurist takes an overall look at contemporary international law. He is concerned not just with the rights and duties of entities called states, but with "the credentials of international law as a whole to be regarded as an order dedicated to the maximum degree possible to the satisfaction of human demands." He examines the work of McDougal, Jenks, Falk and others, which he tends to find utopian, but he does see some encouraging trends in recent years. He looks at the issues of war and human survival and of the international economic order from the double standpoint of political realism and mankind's eternal search for justice. Throughout, the writing is marked by incisive thinking and the wisdom of experience.
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