Thursday, July 1, 2010

de la Rasilla del Moral: Review Essay—Remarks on Post-Sovereignty and International Legal Neo-Conservatism

Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brown Univ. - Watson Institute for International Studies) has posted Review Essay—Remarks on Post-Sovereignty and International Legal Neo-Conservatism: Reading Jeremy Rabkin (in Transnational Law: Scholarship from the Frontier of a Field, Russell Miller & Peer Zumbassen eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
It would be far too easy for a jurist educated in Europe to mount a case against these two successive books by Jeremy Rabkin, professor of Government at Cornell University, and to dismiss the whole as a crystal-clear example of the application of a far-rightist American nationalist approach to international law. It would suffice to cobble together some of the numerous bold quotations that abound in both works to dispatch the author as just another neo-conservative scholarly pamphleteer sprung from the always suspicious American Enterprise Institute. However, to gut the beast merely to quench a scholarly readership’s avid thirst for neo-conservative blood, or otherwise become trapped into voyeuristic complicity, would require this reviewer to act as an intellectual butcher [sic] while contributing to a (false?) sense of certitude on other perspectives of international law.