Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kuzner reviews Jütersonke, "Morgenthau, Law and Realism"

The Law & Politics Book Review has posted a review of MORGENTHAU, LAW AND REALISM (Cambridge University Press), by Oliver Jütersonke. Reviewer Scott Kuzner (University of Maryland) provides this introduction:
Oliver Jütersonke’s Morgenthau, Law and Realism is an attempt to locate the influences and development of international relations giant Hans J. Morgenthau through a ‘redescription’ of key career moments and concepts in Morgenthau’s writings. Ultimately, this study aims to move Morgenthau beyond his typical association with realism and place his early scholarship in the field of public law, specifically the German and US legal theoretical debates of the early twentieth century. What emerges is an apologist portrait of a disenchanted legal scholar with high expectations for the application of law in international affairs, revealing a new dimension to the flat, pessimistic force that Morgenthau is often depicted as in the realist-idealist conflict of International Relations (IR) theory.
Read on here. You can access the book's TOC here, at the CUP website.