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Review Essay: The Limits of Their World

72 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2006  

Robert C. Hockett

Cornell University - Law School


I take a recent monograph on international law, Jack Goldsmith & Eric Posner's "Limits of International Law," as case study in a more general inquiry into the limitations of rational choice and game theoretic accounts of international law. I argue that international law is irreducibly normative in character, and that the task before us is to ensure that it gives expression to the right norms, not to pretend that it gives expression to no norms at all.

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Hockett, Robert C., Review Essay: The Limits of Their World. Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 90, 2006; Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-033. Available at SSRN:

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