The relevance of international law: a Hegelian interpretation of a peculiar seventeenth-century preoccupation

@article{Ringmar1995TheRO,
  title={The relevance of international law: a Hegelian interpretation of a peculiar seventeenth-century preoccupation},
  author={Erik Ringmar},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  year={1995},
  volume={21},
  pages={87-103}
}
  • Erik Ringmar
  • Published 1995
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
International law, traditional scholars of international politics tell us, is a useless fiction. Statesmen either do not follow legal stipulations or they do so only when it is in their interest to do it. International law plays no independent role in world politics since it can always be reduced to the more fundamental considerations of power politics. National interests simply do not bow to legal requirements.