The Evolution of International Law: Arcs and Cycles

6 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2012  

Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Society of International Law

Date Written: December 31, 2011

Abstract

This essay tracks the evolution of international law from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and identifies recurring themes through the 20th century eras of global conflict followed by periods of multilateral institution building (the League of Nations, United Nations, etc.).

Keywords: United Nations, League of Nations, Peace of Westphalia, international law, security, World War II, Cold War, Geneva Conventions, Robert Jackson, Nuremberg, Iraq, Afghanistan, 9/11, terrorism, Korean War, World Trade Organization

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., The Evolution of International Law: Arcs and Cycles (December 31, 2011). Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042004

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