Aggression, Crime and International Security: Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of International Relations

Aggression, Crime and International Security: Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of... 900 Book Reviews / International Criminal Law Review 11 (2011) 891–914 Page Wilson, Aggression, Crime and International Security: Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of International Relations . London: Routledge, 2009, ISBN 10:0-415-48524-X (hbk), 171 pp. From the end of World War I until the Rome Conference established the International Criminal Court (ICC), the defi nition and criminalisation of aggres- sion was a matter of concern for the international law community. Th is was due to the conviction that future aggressive acts between states could be prevented if aggression became clearly defi ned. From their very beginning, these eff orts had been scrutinised by the two main schools of thought in international aff airs, the cosmopolitans and the communitarians, who watched their theories being upheld and undermined with every turn of history. Th e volume under review examines to what extent cosmopolitans were correct in holding that universal standards, and not narrow state self-interests, should take priority in combating interna- tional aggression. It furthermore explores the extent to which communitarians have been correct in claiming that politics and statist qualities will always take the lead in determining international aff airs. In order to answer these questions, the author describes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Criminal Law Review Brill

Aggression, Crime and International Security: Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of International Relations

International Criminal Law Review, Volume 11 (5): 900 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1567-536X
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900 Book Reviews / International Criminal Law Review 11 (2011) 891–914 Page Wilson, Aggression, Crime and International Security: Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of International Relations . London: Routledge, 2009, ISBN 10:0-415-48524-X (hbk), 171 pp. From the end of World War I until the Rome Conference established the International Criminal Court (ICC), the defi nition and criminalisation of aggres- sion was a matter of concern for the international law community. Th is was due to the conviction that future aggressive acts between states could be prevented if aggression became clearly defi ned. From their very beginning, these eff orts had been scrutinised by the two main schools of thought in international aff airs, the cosmopolitans and the communitarians, who watched their theories being upheld and undermined with every turn of history. Th e volume under review examines to what extent cosmopolitans were correct in holding that universal standards, and not narrow state self-interests, should take priority in combating interna- tional aggression. It furthermore explores the extent to which communitarians have been correct in claiming that politics and statist qualities will always take the lead in determining international aff airs. In order to answer these questions, the author describes

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