"Examining international law through the lens of the Middle East, this insightful study demonstrates the qualitatively different manner in which international law is applied in this region of the world. Law is intended to produce a just society, but as it is ultimately a social construct that has travelled through a political process, it cannot be divorced from its relationship to power. The study demonstrates that this understanding shapes the notion, strongly held in the Middle East, that law is little more than a tool of the powerful, used for coercion and oppression. The author considers a number of formative events to demonstrate how the Middle East has become an underclass of the international system wherein law is applied and interpreted selectively, used coercively and, in noticeable situations, simply disregarded. International Law in the Middle East brings various narratives of history to the fore to create a wider arena in which international law can be considered and critiqued."--Provided by publisher.
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Chapter Introduction / Jean Allain chapter Beyond Positivism: Denial of Kurdish Self-Determination / Jean Allain chapter Imperial Attitude toward the Suez Canal / Jean Allain chapter 3 Disregard for International Law in the Evolution toward the Formation of the State of Israel / Jean Allain chapter 4 Lack of Enforcement of International Law and the Abandonment of Palestinian Refugees / Jean Allain chapter 5 Selective Enforcement of International Law: The Security Council and its Varied Responses to a Decade of Aggression (1980-90) / Jean Allain chapter 6 Punitive in extremis: United Nations' Iraqi Sanctions / Jean Allain chapter 7 Internalising the Requirements of International Law: Perpetual States of Emergency in Egypt and Syria / Jean Allain chapter 8 A Stream Apart: Peaceful Settlements in the Middle East / Jean Allain chapter Epilogue / Jean Allain.
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