A scrap of paper provides most valuable insights into the role of international law during world war i isabel v hulls subtly nuanced discussion of the belligerents legal views and their background should be taken into account in any future study on decision making in the war replacing the long lasting cliche of the great war as the epoch of complete breakdown of international law with a more subtle picture in which blunt disregard for law situations with vague unclear rules . Cogently argued and meticulously researched a scrap of paper is an exceptionally detailed intervention in an increasingly sophisticated literature on the history of international law those with a strong interest in international laws formation as a discipline as a set of argumentative techniques and as a central point of reference for debates about international peace and justice will not want to miss this book. In a scrap of paper isabel v hull compares wartime decision making in germany great britain and france weighing the impact of legal considerations in each throughout she emphasizes the profound tension between international law and military necessity in time of war and demonstrates how differences in state structures and legal traditions shaped the way in which each of the three belligerents fought the war. A scrap of paper breaking and making international law during the great war amazonin hull isabel v books
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