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Books for Review

The London Review of International Law welcomes review essays. These may comprise critical explorations of one or more new publications, or of older texts reconsidered in the light of new publications. They may be structured, for example, around particular scholars, concepts, historical moments or events. The London Review seeks in particular to publish cross-disciplinary essays. These may be readings of non-law publications relevant to international law or international law texts read in conjunction with writings from other disciplines (history, economics, biography, literature). All reviews will be double blind peer-reviewed. The London Review does not publish short-length book reviews.

A list of books for review essays follows, clustered in illustrative selections: authors may suggest other groupings or books not listed here.

Review essays should ordinarily be no more than 10,000 words and no fewer than 6,000. They should sent to Please follow the instructions for authors provided on the London Review website.


Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne, The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198753841

Rajan Menon, The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780199384877

Nehal Bhuta (ed.), The Frontiers of Human Rights (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198769279


Ian Klaus, Forging Capitalism: Rogues, Swindlers, Frauds and the Rise of Modern Finance (Yale UP, 2015), ISBN 978 0 300 18194 4

Leif Wenar, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780190262921


Miriam Bradley, Protecting Civilians in War: The ICRC, UNHCR, and Their Limitations in Internal Armed Conflicts (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198716389

Orde F. Kittrie, Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780190263577

Markus Gunneflo, Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History (CUP, 2016), ISBN: 9781107114852

Michael Hayden, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
(Penguin, 2016), ISBN: 9781594206566

Scott Shane, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President and the Rise of the Drone (Bantam, 2015), ISBN: 9780804140294


Bernadette Atuahene, We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198783350

Ruti G. Teitel, Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780190221379


Anne Orford, Florian Hoffmann, and Martin Clark, The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198701958

Vaughan Lowe, International Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780199239337


James E K Parker, Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780198735809


Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck, and Alice Priddy, The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780198748304

Emily Crawford, Identifying the Enemy: Civilian Participation in Armed Conflict (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780199678495

Shane Darcy, Judges, Law and War: The Judicial Development of International Humanitarian Law (CUP, 2016), ISBN: 9781107685529


Philippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (Weidenfeld, 2016), ISBN 978 1 4746 0190 0

Timothy William Waters, The Milosevic Trial: An Autopsy (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780190270780


Susan Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (OUP, 2015)

Arnulf Becker Lorca, Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History 1842–1933 (CUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780521763387


Kerstin Blome, Andreas Fischer-Lescano, Hannah Franzki, and Nora Markard, Contested Regime Collision: Norm Fragmentation in World Society (CUP, 2016) ISBN: 9781107126572

Philippa Webb, International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198743729


Fernando R. Tesón (ed.), The Theory of Self-Determination (CUP, 2016), ISBN: 9781107119130

Duncan French, Statehood and Self-Determination: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law (CUP, 2015), ISBN: 9781107542686

Mohammad Shahabuddin, Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices (CUP, 2016), ISBN: 9781107096790


Gregory Messenger, The Development of World Trade Organization Law: Examining Change in International Law (OUP, 2016), ISBN: 9780198716464

Kate Miles, The Origins of International Investment Law Empire, Environment and the Safeguarding of Capital (CUP, 2015)


Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Whaling and International Law (CUP, 2015), ISBN: 9781107021099

Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science (John Murray, 2015), ISBN 9781848548985


Christine Chinkin and Freya Baetens (eds), Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility: Essays in Honour of James Crawford (CUP, 2015) ISBN: 9781107044258

Richard Tuck, The Sleeping Sovereign: The Invention of Modern Democracy (CUP, 2016), ISBN 9781107570580

Barbara Stark (ed.), International Law and its Discontents: Confronting Crises (CUP, 2015) ISBN: 9781107047501

Basak Çali, The Authority of International Law: Obedience, Respect, and Rebuttal (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780199685097


Paul Mason, PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Allen Lane, 2016), ISBN: 9780141975290

Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work (Verso, 2015), ISBN: 9781784780968


Richard Bourke, Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke (Princeton UP, 2015), ISBN 978 0 691 14511 2

P.J. Marshall and Donald Bryant (eds), The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, Vol. IV: Party, Parliament and the Dividing of the Whigs, 1780-94 (OUP, 2015), ISBN 978 0 19 966519 8


Floris de Witte, Justice in the EU: The Emergence of Transnational Solidarity (OUP, 2015), ISBN: 9780198724346

Andrew Wilson, Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West (Yale UP, 2014), ISBN 978 0 300 21159 7

Richard Sakwa, Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands (I.B. Tauris, 2015) ISBN 978 1 78453 527 8

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