Iraq and climate change: the mainstream lawyer's survival guide

French, Duncan (2010) Iraq and climate change: the mainstream lawyer's survival guide. The International Lawyer, 44 . pp. 1019-1033. ISSN 0020-7810

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Abstract

This paper seeks to consider one simple question, namely how does an international lawyer—especially a mainstream international lawyer (be that academic or practitioner)—respond and adapt to problematic circumstances in international affairs? Of course, international lawyers would like to think that we handle difficult situations reasonably well. But, scratching the surface a little deeper, is it always true that as international lawyers, we cope when the circumstances on the ground do not align neatly with the rules in the book? Using recent, if diverse, examples of difficulties within the climate change regime and questions over the legality of the 2003 Iraq War, the paper considers how the international lawyer makes sense of international affairs.

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Additional Information:This paper seeks to consider one simple question, namely how does an international lawyer—especially a mainstream international lawyer (be that academic or practitioner)—respond and adapt to problematic circumstances in international affairs? Of course, international lawyers would like to think that we handle difficult situations reasonably well. But, scratching the surface a little deeper, is it always true that as international lawyers, we cope when the circumstances on the ground do not align neatly with the rules in the book? Using recent, if diverse, examples of difficulties within the climate change regime and questions over the legality of the 2003 Iraq War, the paper considers how the international lawyer makes sense of international affairs.
Keywords:international law, international relations, mainstream understandings, climate change, Iraq war, legality
Subjects:M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:5174
Deposited By: Duncan French
Deposited On:06 May 2012 07:26
Last Modified:11 Jun 2014 14:15

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